A California doctor ponders assisted suicide

Why Evolution Is True

California is now the fourth state in the U.S. that allows doctor-assisted voluntary suicide (the others are Colorado, Washington, and Oregon), but apparently the details of the procedure have not been worked out, nor how it should be paid for. In the article below, in today’s New York Times, Dr. Jessica Zitter shows the dilemmas facing doctors who now can suddenly be asked to help terminate the life of a patient but haven’t thought about it much. Zitter is identified as “a critical care and palliative medicine doctor at Highland Hospital” (California) and “is the atuhor of Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life.”

I don’t have much to add to her article, which raises the very real complexities of putting such a measure into practice. Let me just say that it’s about voluntary euthanasia of adults, and deals not with when to withdraw…

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