right to die

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right to die

n.
1. A person's right to refuse medical measures to prolong life, such as mechanical ventilation or hydration and nutrition, especially in the case of terminal illness.
2. The right of a person convicted of a capital crime to refuse to resist, such as through further appeals, the state's imposition of the death sentence.

right′-to-die′ adj.
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While Dying with Dignity may be satisfied with the result of this ruling.
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If the bill is passed, both patients and doctors can be at ease," said Kazuhiro Nagao, a vice chairman of the Japan Society for Dying with Dignity.
The second updated edition of EUTHANASIA is a recommended pick for high school to college-level libraries: it provides details on the science, medicine, politics and sociology of euthanasia, discussing end-of-live issues around the world, providing capsule biographies of those who have participated in euthanasia, and surveying the documents relating to dying with dignity.
As the German Catholic theologian Hans Kung wrote in his book, Dying with Dignity, "No one should be compelled to die, but no one should be compelled to live either.