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Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?
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Proponents of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) contend that terminally ill people should have the right to end their suffering with a quick, dignified, and compassionate death. They argue that the right to die is protected by the same constitutional safeguards that guarantee such rights as marriage, procreation, and the refusal or termination of life-saving medical treatment.

Opponents of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide contend that doctors have a moral responsibility to keep their patients alive as reflected by the Hippocratic Oath. They argue there may be a "slippery slope" from euthanasia to murder, and that legalizing euthanasia will unfairly target the poor and disabled and create incentives for insurance companies to terminate lives in order to save money.

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3/19/2014  - Belgium Legalizes Euthanasia for Terminally and Incurably Ill Children - On Mar. 2, 2014 King Philippe signed legislation making Belgium the first country to allow children of all ages with terminal and incurable illnesses to choose to be euthanized.

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