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Bibiography for accounts and beliefs on Assisted Suicide

1. 5 articles on assisted suicide
2. A summary of each article,
3. An equal balance of articles (e.g., 3-5 articles) on either side of the topic.
4. Complete citation for each article.
5. a short paragraph in which you summarize the article.
The main arguments and central assertions made by the author(s) .

Here is one summary

Assisted suicide, particularly in the health care context, exists amid a continuum of end-of-life interventions. Any analysis of the ethics of assisted suicide therefore must begin by making clear exactly what is at issue. Assisted suicide refers to making available to an individual the means (for example, pills or a weapon) to take his or her own life. Assisted suicide is distinguished from euthanasia in that it necessarily involves an individual who is capable physically of taking his or her own life and does so with means provided by another person. Euthanasia, on the other hand, refers to the situation where another person not only may provide the means but actually performs the specific act that causes an individual's death (for example, injecting a lethal dose of medication). Euthanasia may be voluntary (the individual has requested that another act to bring about his death) or involuntary (the individual is incapable of making such a request but death is deemed to be in his best interest) (Angell, 1997). No jurisdiction in the United States has legalized euthanasia.
The case of Washington v. Glucksberg, decided in 1997, sought to establish that dying patients have a constitutional right to end their lives with the assistance of a physician (Angell, 1997). The United States Supreme Court held that there is no such right under the 14th Amendment's guarantee of liberty. Nonetheless, the court noted that while states are not required to permit physician-assisted suicide, they are free to do so through their legislatures and/or courts if they so choose. To date, only the state of Oregon has passed a law legalizing physician-assisted suicide (the Oregon Death with Dignity Act).

thus all the scholarly texts for assisted suicide come from the state of Oregon.

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Hello, my name is Tory, and welcome to BrainMass. For this solution, I will find 6-10 articles for and against assisted suicide. I will make certain that each has good info, and I will summarize each of them here. or provide the abstract that you can then put into your own language.

Bibliography
5 articles for assisted suicide

http://www.deathwithdignity.org/resources/articles/

Implementation Reviews of Death with Dignity
Legal physician-assisted dying in Oregon and the Netherlands: The question of "vulnerable" groups. A reply to I.G. Finlay and R. George
July, 27 2011. Margaret P. Battin, Agnes van der Heide, Linda Ganzini, Gerrit van der Wal, Bregje D. Onwuteaka. Journal of Medical Ethics.

1. Battin et al examined data on deaths from physician-assisted suicide (PAS) in Oregon and on PAS and voluntary euthanasia (VE) in The Netherlands. This paper reviews the methodology used in their examination and questions the conclusions drawn from itâ?"namely, that there is for the most part 'no evidence of heightened risk' to vulnerable people from the legalisation of PAS or VE. This critique focuses on the evidence about PAS in Oregon. It suggests that vulnerability to PAS cannot be categorised simply by reference to race, gender or other socioeconomic status and that the impetus to seek PAS derives from factors, including emotional state, reactions to loss, personality type and situation and possibly to PAS contagion, all factors that apply across the social spectrum. It also argues, on the basis of official reports from the Oregon Health Department on the working of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act since 2008, that, contrary to the conclusions drawn by Battin et al, the highest resort to PAS in Oregon is among the elderly and, on the basis of research published since Battin et al reported, that there is reason to believe that some terminally ill patients in Oregon are taking their own lives with lethal drugs supplied by doctors despite having had depression at the time when they were assessed and cleared for PAS.

2.2. http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/abs/10.1089/jpm.2010.0425?journalCode=jpm

Kathryn A. Smith, M.S., PMHNP,1
Elizabeth R. Goy, Ph.D.,2,3
Theresa A. Harvath, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.S., FAAN,1 and
Linda Ganzini, M.D., M.P.H.2,3
1School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon.
2Mental Health Division, Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Portland, Oregon.
3Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon.
Accepted November 16, 2010
Abstract
Background: Physician-assisted death (PAD) was legalized in 1997 by Oregon's Death with Dignity Act (ODDA). Through 2009, 460 Oregonians have died by lethal prescription under the ODDA.
Objective: To determine whether there was a difference in the quality of the dying experience, from the perspective of family members, between 52 Oregonians who received lethal prescriptions, 34 who ...

Solution Summary

This solution provides differing views on Assisted Suicide. 5 articles are provided to supporting opinions and 5 differing opinions. Those opinions are compared and contrasted

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