Check It Out: A Primer on Assisted Suicide Laws

Disability, illness, dying and death can be complex issues to discuss and think about – especially as it impacts ourselves or our loved ones. All of these issue areas factor signi cantly into the topic of Assisted Suicide.

What is Assisted Suicide? Webster de nes Assisted Suicide as: “suicide committed by someone with assistance from another person.”

Practically speaking, Assisted Suicide is the act
in which a person is prescribed, by a physician, a lethal overdose that they will ingest at some time in the future to end his or her life. While some current laws include provisions like a prognosis
of six months or less to live, or that this overdose must be self-administered, legislation has been proposed to remove these minimal protections for vulnerable people.

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