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Physician-Assisted Suicide Who has the Right to Choose 1The author is Marcia Angell 2The article was published in the New England Journal of Medicine 3The article was published in January 1997 4The author could be in the medical profession or not maybe the author has had something bad to them and is relating some of type of story to us The title and the author reveal little to me except that there is an underlying tone of why the author is writing the article 5The working claim of the article is that the patient has the ultimate right and no one else not the doctor lawyers politicians judges or anyone else who think that they have a right to interfere with the rights of people who what to take their own life They can be only judged by one person if they believe in that person 6At sometime this year the Supreme Court will have to make a decision that will affect the entire population of the United States that decision will to permit doctors to help their patient take their own lives If the Supreme Court allows this doctors in 12 states would be allowed to assist in physician assisted suicide In 1994 the state of Oregon became the first state to allow such a law however it is in suspension Several surveys indicate that over two-thirds of the American public is in favor of physician-assisted suicide this includes more that half of the doctors in the US In the editorial the author explains her position of believing the rights of patients having assisted-suicide The American Medical Association AMA has filed a brief opposing the legalization of physician-assisted suicide But she only writes for herself focusing on the medical and ethical aspects She focuses on the rights of patient- autonomy whereas she explains that these rights are written into our laws governing medical practice and research The premise is that people
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