EOL 10-27 - Three end-of-life practices Passive euthanasia:...

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Three end-of-life practices Passive euthanasia : withdrawing or withholding life-sustaining treatment. Active euthanasia : intentional administration of a lethal substance to bring about death. Physician-assisted suicide : suicide by ingesting a substance provided by a physician.
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Patient Self-Determination Act (1991) Outcome of a line of cases in the 1970’s & 1980’s concerning the removal of life support from patients in PVS. See: In re Karen Quinlan , 70 N.J. 10 1976; Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health , 497 U.S. 261, 1990. Requires that patients be notified of their rights, including the right to refuse treatment and the right to have an advance directive.
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Oregon Death With Dignity Act (1997) Passed into law after a referendum (60% to 40% in favor). 1. Patient must be 18 or older; an Oregon resident; diagnosed with a terminal illness that will lead to death within 6 months. 2. Patient must make 2 oral and 1 written (witnessed) request(s). 3. Prescribing physician and consulting physician must agree that the patient is competent. 4. Patient must be informed of alternatives.
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Washington Death with Dignity Act Also the outcome of a public initiative; voters supported the measure by approx. 60% to 40% in the November 2008 elections. Enacted into law, March 5 2009. Both the Oregon and Washington Acts concern physician- assisted suicide NOT active euthanasia.
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The U.S. Supreme Court addressed bans on Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) in two cases: Washington v. Glucksberg , 521 U.S. 702, 1997 Vacco v. Quill , 521 U.S. 793, 1997
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EOL 10-27 - Three end-of-life practices Passive euthanasia:...

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