Assisted suicide is the process by which an individual, who may otherwise be incapable, is provided with drugs or equipment to commit suicide. Terminally ill patients and those with chronic pain go through that process. Proponents of assisted suicide believe that assisted suicide takes place when a dying person who wishes to precipitate death requests help in carrying out the act. Terminally ill patients seek the right to end their lives with dignity, without pain, and before all of their resources are drained from care that will not improve their quality of life. More money and therefore more profit for the drug companies can be made by keeping a person alive longer. On the other side, opponents of assisted suicide maintain that assisted suicide argues that widespread legalization would cause abuse rather than reduce or control it. Legalizing assisted suicide would lead to the deaths of patients who do not really wish to die. The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment recognizes a
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This note was uploaded on 05/28/2011 for the course HLT 110 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '10 term at Northern Virginia Community College.