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There are a few supposed controversial problems that incorporate both moral and moral contemplations that have met with incredible discussion from the two sides. The right of a person to kick the bucket with pride is one model. The doctor helped passing or self-destruction raises high passionate levels on the two sides. Currently, according to Slorach (2016), “California is one of only five states in the United States that have legislatively made physician-assisted death legal”. Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Vermont are the other states that have assisted suicide laws in effect. According to Petrillo et al. (2017), “California’s End of Life Option Act took effect in June 2016, allowing Californians to ask their physicians for medications to end their lives”. The passage of this Act in California has faced a bumpy road indeed. According to Slorach (2016), “it took California legislators six attempts beginning in 1988 to finally reach an agreement and put the Act into law”.

Numerous media outlets from newspaper editorials and magazine articles to social media like Facebook and YouTube to television commercials bombarded the public with Pro’s arguments about self-choice and autonomy, relieving the suffering of the terminally ill. The Con’s raved about the potential slippery slope that would be created, and so-called copycat suicides would ensue. Polls about the public’s attitudes were carefully examined. Ad campaigns are played daily on different outlets. Several cases were presented, including one from 2014 when, according to Slorach (2016), “a Pennsylvania court dropped prosecution against a nurse for allegedly assisting her ailing 93-year-old father’s suicide. Her decision, to give him a potentially lethal bottle of morphine, was treated as an attempt to help alleviate his pain”. According to Burlone and Richmond (2018), “debate around euthanasia and assisted suicide periodically generated news coverage, particularly in tragic cases such as Terri Schiavo in the USA, Ramon Sampedro in Spain and Sue Rodriguez, Robert Latimer in Canada”.

The American Nurses Association (ANA) originally was against nurses participating in physician-assisted deaths. According to (“End-of-Life Care Group Praises American Nurses Association for Dropping Opposition to Medical Aid in Dying,” 2019), the ANA was “dropping its opposition to medical aid in dying and adopting a new policy that nurses have an ethical duty to be knowledgeable about this evolving issue.”



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