How Does Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide Affect Rates of Suicide?

A study conducted by the Southern Medical Association has found that, despite suggestions that legalization of physician-assisted suicide (PAS) could lead to a reduction in total suicides and to a delay in those suicides that do occur, legalizing PAS has been associated with an increased rate of total suicides relative to other states and no decrease in nonassisted suicides. This suggests either that PAS does not inhibit (nor acts as an alternative to) nonassisted suicide, or that it acts in ...

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Critical reflection on medical aid in dying

Professor Pierre Deschamps recently published an excellent article (in French) on the topic of medical aid in dying. The article was published in "Les Développements récents", a publication of the Barreau du Québec. The article, entitled L'aide médicale à mourir ou l'instrumentalisation du droit à des fins politiques – Lorsque la fin justifie les moyens (Medical aid in dying or the instrumentilisation of the law for political purposes – when the end justifies the ...

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