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  Right to die - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The term "right to die" refers to various issues around the death of an individual when that person could continue to live with the aid of life support, or in a diminished or enfeebled capacity.
In some cases, it refers to the idea that a person with a terminal illness and in serious condition should be allowed to commit suicide before death would otherwise occur.
Most often, the idea of the right to die is related to a person's wish that caregivers allow death—for example, by not providing life support or vital medication— under certain conditions when recovery is highly unlikely or impossible.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Right_to_die   (436 words)

 Right to Die - a Catholic view
The "right to life" is based on the fact that life is a gift which we do not possess as a piece of property (which we can purchase or sell or give away or destroy at will), but rather is an inviolable right.
The "right to die" is based, rather, on the idea of life as a "thing we possess" and may discard when it no longer meets our satisfaction.
"Right to die" thinking says there is such a thing as a "life not worth living." For a Christian, however, life is worthy in and of itself, and not because it meets certain criteria that we or others set.
www.priestsforlife.org /euthanasia/freedomtodie.html   (1076 words)

 (DV) Mickey Z: The Million Dollar Interview
The disability rights movement unilaterally opposed the bill, and ultimately succeeded in keeping it from moving out of committee that year-but the bill keeps re-surfacing in every session of Congress and I'm sure a version will be re-introduced again soon.
The concepts of individual rights and an egalitarian society, concepts that drive disability rights thinking, are borrowed from liberal ideology, and most of the activists in the movement today come from backgrounds in the civil rights, women's rights, anti-war movements of the ‘60s and ‘70s.
I wrote that free-market conservatives were against disability rights, but that could have been expected; but that what was not expected was that almost no liberal groups spoke out in support of disability rights.
www.dissidentvoice.org /Mar05/MickeyZ0302.htm   (2365 words)

 Testimony-U.S. House-APRIL 29, 1996   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
All courts attributed the individual's desire to die to their physical disabilities per se rather than to events and circumstances in their lives, such as a miscarriage, loss of spouse and confinement to nursing homes.
If there is a constitutional right to control one's death through assistance, it should apply to all citizens, not just those judged (or misjudged) to have a deficient life.
Those who have asserted the 14th Amendment's right to liberty as the legal foundation for a steady expansion of the right to die in the last decade cannot be allowed to continue to ignore the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection clause.
www.notdeadyet.org /docs/house1.html   (3120 words)

 Do we have the right to die?
If we assume that every human being born into this world has a "right to life," then it logically follows that every human being has a right to end their life (or a "right to die").
Thus, any law upholding a person's right to life has inherent within that same law a person's right to die, otherwise it would not be a right to life in the true sense of the term.
But there is a legal battle going on in America right now over whether or not a person has a right to die (i.e., a right to life).
www.near-death.com /experiences/suicide11.html   (7588 words)

 The Right to Die
One consequence of this decision was a provision that requires the patient to be examined by a mental health professional to determine whether the wish to die might be the product of an emotional condition that could be treated by other means.
Said Vorenberg: "I've felt for a long time that anyone has a right to be released from life if life has become a trap, but it would be a tragedy if a transitory depression or some condition that's been blown out of proportion influenced someone to take their life."
To many who oppose physician-assisted suicide, the idea of a medical doctor helping a patient die is inimical to medicine's central concern, the preservation of life.
www.news.harvard.edu /gazette/1996/06.06/TheRighttoDie.html   (1169 words)

 Blogcritics.org: More on Euthanasia and the Right to Die
With the exception of radical animal rights activists, most philosophers and laymen consider people - human beings - to be entitled to "special treatment," be in possession of unique rights (and commensurate obligations), and to be capable of feats unparalleled in other species.
To die on the battlefield or in defense of one's religion is commendable.
The right to life - at least as far as human beings are concerned - is a rarely questioned fundamental moral principle.
blogcritics.org /archives/2005/04/02/100825.php   (4652 words)

 WorldNetDaily: Anatomy of right-to-die law   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The decision was hailed by both advocates for the right to die and the right to life.
The right to refuse treatment and the patient's right to make decisions about his or her care and his or her surrogate's right to carry out the patient's wishes when he or she is no longer capable of decision making.
While these objectives reference the "right to die" and the "right to refuse treatment" in general terms, no specifications were provided as to what treatment the panelists' viewed to be eligible for removal.
www.worldnetdaily.com /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=46792   (3244 words)

 Right to Die
In the case of Nancy Cruzan, the Supreme Court ruled that there is no protected "right to die" under the due process or equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Glucksberg, the Supreme court affirmed that there is no constitutionally protected right to die and explicitly left it up to individual states to legislate and determine how to adjudicate end-of-life issues.
The Supreme Court did, however, maintain that medical treatment for which informed consent has not been granted constitutes "battery." Thus, while there is no constitutionally protected right to die, there is a constitutionally protected right to refuse medical treatment even if that refusal hastens death.
www.ascensionhealth.org /ethics/public/issues/right_die.asp   (236 words)

 Whose Right to Die?
“The emergent right to receive medical assistance in hastening one's death [is an] inevitable consequence of changes in the causes of death, advances in medical science, and the development of new technologies.
Patients who are being kept alive by technology and want to end their lives already have a recognized constitutional right to stop any and all medical interventions, from respirators to antibiotics.
To recognize a legal right to physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia transforms the practices into routine interventions that can be administered without the need for a publicly acceptable justification.
www.catholiceducation.org /articles/euthanasia/eu0007.html   (3935 words)

 The right to die
The Court first addressed the issue of the right to die in the 1990 case of Cruzan v.
Although eight of nine justices--only Scalia disagreed--concluded that the right to die was a liberty protected by the Due Process Clause, a bare majority of the Court upheld the state's insistence upon clear and specific evidence that the patient would wish to have intravenous feeding discontinued.
Seven years later the Court faced right to die issues again in two cases involving challenges to laws criminalizing physician-assisted suicide.
www.law.umkc.edu /faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/righttodie.htm   (645 words)

 Kearl's Guide to the Sociology of Death: Moral Debates-- Euthanasia
Dying patients' basic human rights are seen to be violated when they lack the knowledge and power to make decisions which, in turn, diminishes dignity.
Patients have the right to know their condition, to choose or to reject the treatment regimen, to choose or to reject attempts to prolong their life, and to decide fully as to the disposal of their remains.
Since the greatest change was in approval of the moral right of the terminally ill to commit suicide, let's examine the relationship between attitudes toward euthanasia and abortion among those who do and do not approve of suicide and how this has changed over time.
www.trinity.edu /mkearl/dtheuth.html   (2362 words)

 Right To Die
I would equally fight for an individual's right to continue to live, if that was their wish.
However, as I have seen with AIDS, cancer, and ALS, patients should have a right to choose to die with dignity.
In these cases it is not a matter of whether they die but how and when.
www.denverpsychotherapy.com /RightToDie.html   (612 words)

 ERGO   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Society for the Right to Die separates from Concern for Dying, a companion group that grew out of the Society's Euthanasia Education Council.
Right to die societies also formed the same year in Germany and Canada.
1993 Oregon Right to Die, a political action committee, is founded to write and subsequently to pass the Oregon Death with Dignity Act.
www.finalexit.org /chronframe.html   (2871 words)

 Right To Die
The GOP which claimed to represent less intrusive government, tried to circumvent not only states rights but the Judicial branch of the government by forcing the issue into the federal courts.
She went to his side, held his hand and stroked his head, reassuring him and perhaps herself that this was the right course.
These patients are given palliative, or comfort care, and often die so serenely that people holding their hand don't know exactly when life slipped from them.
home.earthlink.net /~robwrites/id8.html   (2702 words)

 "Right to die" -- Grayling 330 (7495): 799 -- BMJ
In cases of the Terri Schiavo type, the right to die is exercised
Bad legislative interpretations of the “right to life” and the “right to death” could threaten the basic philosophy of palliative care.
"Right to life" must not be used to impose death upon the defenceless.
bmj.bmjjournals.com /cgi/content/full/330/7495/799?ehom   (1118 words)

 Right to Die: Overview
Most people die in hospitals or institutions where the staff makes a valiant effort to keep patients alive until there is no reasonable chance of recovery.
Many people say they would rather die than suffer in great pain, or be trapped in a vegetative state.
Or would it lead to a slippery slope of neglect for the old, the poor, the disabled and those who are emotionally distraught or seriously ill? Would the right to die become the duty to die when living would be too costly for patients and their survivors?
www.publicagenda.org /issues/overview.cfm?issue_type=right2die   (1427 words)

 Article 3: Right to Die
On the one hand, there is a unanimity in declaring the act as an irrational behavior that human beings should not commit; on the other, their interpretation of the act being committed under situations a person is unable to cope with, indicates a factual, even condoning attitude toward suicide.
The question that is so central to this conference, namely, the patient's "right to die" cannot be negotiated because, in the first place, life is a divine trust and cannot be terminated by any form of human intervention; and, in the second, its term has been fixed by the unalterable divine decree.
The belief in God's immutable decree is also revealed in the Muslim law where not only the right to die is not recognized; the right to be assisted in dying, whether through "passive" or "active" means is also ruled out.
www.people.virginia.edu /~aas/article/article3.htm   (2615 words)

 Ethics Updates.-, Euthanasia and end-of-life decisions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Recent ruling affirming a person's right to die and the right to physician-assisted euthanasia.
Summary and recommendations of the Human Rights Watch/Asia report, giving concrete evidence backing up the allegations that unwanted children were deliberately left to die in Chinese orphanages.
A strong critique of the claim that there is a constitutionally-based right to die.
ethics.acusd.edu /Applied/Euthanasia   (3152 words)

 terry schiavo
Many in the media are hailing this as a "right to die" case.
This case is not about the right of a terminally ill person to refuse useless life-prolonging treatment.
It is about the right of an adulterous, neglectful and possibly abusive husband to sentence his wife to a slow, excruciating death.
www.catholicherald.com /bonacci/03mb/mb031218.htm   (793 words)

 eBay - right to die, Fiction Books, Magazine Back Issues items on eBay.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
A Right to Die by Rex Stout (1994)
REX STOUT A Right to Die Nero Wolfe HB BCE
The Right to Die with Dignity: An Argument in Ethics, M
search-desc.ebay.com /search/search.dll?query=right+to+die&newu=1&krd=1   (399 words)

 BBC NEWS | Politics | Lords debate right-to-die plans   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Anglican bishops are among the most fierce opponents of the measure, which is set to be contained in a private member's bill.
That bill proposes enabling "a competent adult who is suffering unbearably as a result of a terminal illness to receive medical assistance to die at his/her own considered and persistent request".
Former human rights lawyer Lord Joffe said the measure would "not seek to impose anything on anybody" but would propose another "end of life option".
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/uk_politics/4325446.stm   (550 words)

 Online NewsHour: Right To Die? -- November 24, 1998
LEE HOCHBERG: Since assisted suicide was approved last fall in Oregon, advocates for the right to die say 18 terminally ill patients have died from ingesting lethal prescriptions.
LEE HOCHBERG: The right to die is also mired in politics in Washington, DC.
Hyde chided Oregon for fomenting a culture of death, where the sick are lined up to relieve their loved ones of their burdensome existence by plunging off this cliff.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/health/july-dec98/suicide_11-24.html   (1497 words)

 Raising Yousuf: a diary of a mother under occupation: The right to die
I have spoken to Palestinian families in Gaza whose loved ones died wiating to get medical treatment, and others here in Cairo that who were unable to transport the bodies of their recently deceased relatives to be buried with dignity in their homeland, in Gaza.
So far, the right to bomb buses full of pasangers is reserved to Palestinians.
I guess the fact that this is a violation of the 4th Geneva convention never occured to you.
a-mother-from-gaza.blogspot.com /2005/09/right-to-die.html   (1751 words)

 World Federation of Right to Die Societies: home
The World Federation, founded in 1980, consists of 38 right to die organisations from 23 countries.
The Federation provides an international link for organisations working to secure or protect the rights of individuals to self-determination at the end of their lives.
Patrick Nowell-Smith, who was president of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies from l984-1986 has died in England at the age of 91.
www.worldrtd.net   (352 words)

 "This has nothing to do with the sanctity of life" | Salon.com
The Rev. John Paris, professor of bioethics, says Terri Schiavo has the moral and legal right to die, and only the Christian right is keeping her alive.
The decision on whether to allow Terri Schiavo to die has sparked endless controversy over what is legal and ethical when patients are unable to make their own wishes.
The United States Supreme Court ruled that competent patients have the right to decline any and all unwanted treatment, and unconscious patients have the same right, depending upon the evidentiary standard established by the state.
dir.salon.com /story/news/feature/2005/03/22/father_john/index.html   (1386 words)

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