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Is Physician-Assisted Suicide A Solution ? Physician assisted suicide (PAS) is a very important issue. It is also important to understand the  terms and distinction between the varying degrees to which a person can be involved in  hastening the death of a terminally ill individual. Euthanasia, a word that is often associated with  physician assisted suicide, means the act or practice of killing for reasons of mercy. Assisted  suicide takes place when a dying person who wishes to precipitate death, requests help in  carrying out the act. In euthanasia, the dying patients may or may not be aware of what is  happening to them and may or may not have requested to die. In an assisted suicide, the  terminally ill person wants to die and has specifically asked for help. Physician-assisted suicide  occurs when the individual assisting in the suicide is a doctor rather than a friend or family  member. Because doctors are the people most familiar with their patients" medical condition  and have knowledge of and access to the necessary means to cause certain death, terminally ill  patients who have made the decision to end their lives often turn to their physicians for advice.  However, studies indicate that many physicians are unwilling to provide their assistance in  suicide because it conflicts with their ethical beliefs and because it is illegal. The legalization of  PAS is a sensitive, yet complicated, topic which is becoming more and more popular with  America’s aging population and the terminally ill patients. PAS is a social issue which is here to 
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This note was uploaded on 07/29/2011 for the course BUS 444 taught by Professor Lynn during the Spring '11 term at Keuka.

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