Do No Harm?

BY ALICE LINDER The paradox of physician-assisted suicide. The doctor giveth, and the doctor taketh — or that’s how proponents of physician-assisted suicide would have it. A person’s so-called “right to die” through physician-assisted suicide is absent from the US Constitution, yet the subject calls into question a person’s individual freedoms, and the extent of those freedoms. Should our doctors be allowed to let us die, if we wanted it to, if it ever came to that? The term “physician-assisted death” encompasses three practices: halting or foregoing artificial life support for someone with a terminal illness; giving someone the means …






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