Two states allow by statute, and a third “tolerates”, physician assisted suicide. Careful criteria have been established in these states to prevent abuses and overreaching. No state allows the physician to administer the medication to the patient directly. The patient must self-administer the medication. Research this concept, and decide whether this is a reasonable practice. For the purposes of this discussion, stay away from the ethics or religious aspects of this. Stick with the statutes and statistics. Some ideas to consider: Is it being overused or abused (review the state statistics)? What is the “slippery slope” argument? How does this collide with capital punishment in this country? Should this be expanded or abolished? Support your opinions in 300 words.
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