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Disability and inequality: Doctor-assisted suicide

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  1. Introduction
  2. Definition of physician-assisted-death and euthanasia
  3. Difference between physician-assisted-death and euthanasia
  4. Advocates of PAD
  5. Depression and psychosocial factors in decision making
  6. Difference of opinion on physician-assisted death
  7. Conclusion

The turn of the 21st century has brought about a relatively new legal issue: Do individuals have a legal right to determine how and when they die? Questions regarding the ethics, legality issues and the morality of physician-assisted-death (PAD) and euthanasia brought these questions into the forefront of public and political debate. Today, assistance in suicide is being provided under various guises, a practice that will most likely continue into the future.

[...] Physical suffering and disability may leave patients frustrated, fuel depression, and endanger a feeling of hopelessness. For this reason, some suggest the treatment for depression prior to PAD. It is thought that this treatment for depression will significantly reduce the desire for hastened death, and requests for PAD. If this treatment does not make a difference, however, than PAD seems like a reasonable option (Prado). While some supporters call physician-assisted death a civil right, opponents link it with the Holocaust. [...]


[...] Disability and inequality: Doctor-assisted suicide The turn of the 21st century has brought about a relatively new legal issue: Do individuals have a legal right to determine how and when they die? Questions regarding the ethics, legality issues and the morality of physician-assisted-death (PAD) and euthanasia brought these questions into the forefront of public and political debate. Today, assistance in suicide is being provided under various guises, a practice that will most likely continue into the future. It is likely that some form of assisted death soon will be, if not legalized, then widely condoned on a more open basis than present. [...]

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