assisted suicide


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assisted suicide

n.
Suicide committed with the aid of another person, sometimes a physician.

assist′ed su′icide


n.
suicide aided by a person, esp. a physician, who organizes the logistics of the suicide, as by providing the necessary quantities of a poison.
[1975–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.assisted suicide - suicide of a terminally ill person that involves an assistant who serves to make dying as painless and dignified as possibleassisted suicide - suicide of a terminally ill person that involves an assistant who serves to make dying as painless and dignified as possible
self-annihilation, self-destruction, suicide - the act of killing yourself; "it is a crime to commit suicide"
physician-assisted suicide - assisted suicide where the assistant is a physician
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Between 4 in 10 and 6 in 10 of those who support assisted suicide also share each of these concerns.
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Last year, Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, co-sponsored a bill modeled on Oregon's law that would have brought assisted suicide to California.
The police have refused to lay charges in the case, even though assisted suicide is illegal in the state of Queensland where Crick died.
i]n assisted suicide, the final act is solely the patient's, and the risk of subtle coercion from doctors, family members, institutions, or other social forces is greatly reduced.
There are no assisted suicide "safeguards" that can ever protect those most vulnerable in society, particularly in a state as diverse as California.
The 6-3 high court ruling, with Chief Justice John Roberts dissenting, gave renewed momentum in California to advocates of assisted suicide and prompted Gov.
The ruling is a resounding victory for states' rights - but not necessarily, as some will claim, for assisted suicide.
In New Zealand, a hotly debated bill to allow assisted suicide was defeated in Parliament in 2003.
Circuit Court districts, challenging the constitutionality of laws criminalizing assisted suicide.

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