There is a fine line between the difference of assisted suicide, physician’s assisted suicide, and euthanasia. According to assistedsuicide.org, the definition of assisted suicide is aiding a person in ending her or his life by their request to stop suffering. Physician’s assisted suicide is much like the first, however, in this case, a medical doctor gives his or her patient a lethal overdose of medicine to kill them if they wish to receive it (Humphrey). Euthanasia, often referred to as mercy killing, is a term that refers to killing another suffering person medically for them because he or she is unable to do so for themselves (Humphrey).
Not every state in the Unites States has the same laws when it comes to assisted suicide. The states of
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin all currently have statutes explicitly criminalizing...
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