The Arguments Of Physician Assisted Suicide

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The key stakeholders in this debate include the medical community, patients and their families, religious leaders, local and national lawmakers, State and Federal courts, and other lobbyists and advocacy groups. Doctors must navigate particularly tricky ground, as they are the ones prescribing and dispensing lethal doses of medication that make physician-assisted suicide possible. “From the medical profession’s point of view . . . the Hippocratic tradition recognizes that medical doctors’ responsibility to terminally ill patients is to mitigate their suffering while allowing them to die. On the other hand, the Hippocratic oath holds that an essential qualification of being a medical doctor is an absolute rejection of killing the patient” (Jeffrey,
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