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Reyes 1 Maria Reyes Elements of Writing 28 November 2001Euthanasia in the United States Euthanasia is a practice that has become more common than realized in the United States Various states in the Union have tried to legalize euthanasia within the past few years Those states include Colorado Florida Maine Michigan New York Washington California and Oregon North Carolina Utah and Wyoming do not necessarily ban physician-assisted suicide Euthanasia is criminalized in the remaining states Johnson 25 Oregon is the only state that allows euthanasia under tightly controlled circumstances Johnson 26 There are several bills that are circulating through US courts and legislatures for and against euthanasia Matas 14b Even though euthanasia has a growing base of legal support in the United States it is murder Oregon has had an ongoing battle about euthanasia since 1994 Citizens in the state approved Ballot Measure 16 in the 1994 November elections which would have legalized euthanasia under limited conditions Oregon 2 The National Right to Life Committee sponsored by the Roman Catholic Church and other Christian denominations obtained a court injunction to delay the implementation of the measure In the meantime the measure was not enacted Johnson 30 The Oregon Medical Association originally took no stand on the matter but later came out against it because of what was considered legal flaws Oregon 4 Conservatives within the Oregon government were forced to approve the legislation due to the June 1997 second public referendum The referendum was upheld by 61 of adults in Oregon Oregon 5-6 Reyes 2 A Right to Life named Annette Patterson lawyer said Its becoming the abortion issue of the next century and just as nasty Yet it is even more important because how we die concerns everyone Johnson 31 There is a strong element of truth in this statement Even though a miniscule percentage of people would ever request assistance in dying to legalize controlled euthanasia would create
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