According to a 2005 Pew Research Center Survey, American’s overwhelmingly support an individual’s right to decide whether he or she want to be kept alive through medical treatment. 84% of those polled said that they approved of laws which say medical treatment which is keeping a terminally ill patient alive can be stopped if that is what the patient desires. 70% said there are some circumstances when a patient should be allowed to die while 22% said medical personnel should do everything possible to wave the life of the patient. (Parker, 2009)
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