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A Dignified Death Wish In the childrens story More Or Better a boy meets an old woman in the forest who is selling magical beans She offers him more or better He chooses more and spreads it around his house The bean plants grow so high he cant get out He then goes back to the old woman and tells her hes changed his mind and he wants better She gives it to him and again he spreads it around his house After that he had the best vegetables ever grown This dilemma of quality versus quantity is one which people have wrestled with for years It is also one thing that must be considered when discussing doctor-assisted suicide Is it better to live a long time in pain or to die when the pain becomes unbearable Should this be an individual decision or should society the voters or the law decide Doctor assisted suicide has only been a major political and ethical issue since the mid 1970s In previous centuries any terminally ill person would die in a relatively short time Now with the miracle of modern medicine life can be prolonged A person with terminal cancer can live months even years longer than he or she would have lived one hundred years ago Docker As of now doctor assisted suicide is illegal in most of the world The Northern Territory of Australia was the first legislature in the world to legalize voluntary assisted suicide in May of 1995 The bill was passed by a 15-10 vote after sixteen hours of debate The bill includes the following conditions 1 The patient must be over eighteen and of sound mind 2 The patient must request death then wait for seven days 3 The patient must then sign a formal request certificate then wait another forty-eight hours 4 Two doctors with at least five years experience must diagnose the patient as terminally ill and
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