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					 Did You Know?
Facts pertaining to the history and
cultural significance of euthanasia
 and physician assisted suicide
            www.procon.org
              Did you know?
   An autopsy of Terri Schiavo performed on
    Apr. 1, 2005 revealed that her brain
    weighed 615 grams -- less than half of the
    expected weight for an adult her age.
               Did you know?
   In classical Athens, city magistrates kept a
    supply of poison for anyone who wished to
    die.
               Did you know?
   Visits to the Internet site for the US Living
    Will Registry increased from 500 a day to
    50,000 a day when the Schiavo case was
    in the headlines.
              Did you know?
   Jack Kevorkian, MD, the pathologist
    sentenced on Apr. 13, 1999 to 10-25 years
    in prison for his role in the euthanasia of
    Thomas Youk was paroled on June 1, 2007
    after serving 8 years.

   He died in 2011.
              Did you know?
   All 50 states and the District of Columbia
    prohibit euthanasia under general homicide
    laws.
               Did you know?
   Physician-assisted suicide is legal in three
    US states: Oregon, Washington, and
    Montana.
              Did you know?
   Between Oct. 27, 1997 (when the Oregon
    Death with Dignity Act was passed) and
    2007, 341 people in the state of Oregon
    have died from lethal drugs prescribed
    under the terms of the Oregon Death with
    Dignity Act.
               Did you know?
   On Nov. 5, 2008, Washington became to
    second state in the US to legalize
    physician-assisted suicide after voters
    approved a ballot initiative (59% to 41%) to
    implement the Washington Death with
    Dignity Act.
              Did you know?
   Euthanasia is legal in three countries
    worldwide: Belgium, Luxembourg, and the
    Netherlands.
               Did you know?
   On Dec. 5, 2008, Montana district judge
    Dorothy McCarter made Montana the third
    state with legal physician-assisted suicide
    with her ruling in the case of Baxter v.
    Montana.
               Did you know?
   The original text of the ancient Greek
    Hippocratic Oath, written sometime
    between 460 and 380 BC, contained
    prohibitions against surgery, abortion, and
    euthanasia. It is still taken (in some form)
    by many medical school graduates.
               Did you know?
   The earliest American statute to explicitly
    outlaw assisted suicide was enacted in
    New York on Dec. 10, 1828.
                 Did you know?
   A 2003 study appearing in the New England
    Journal of Medicine found that 11 percent of
    physicians surveyed (1,902 total) would, under
    certain circumstances, be willing to hasten a
    patient's death by prescribing medication, and
    that 7 percent would administer a lethal injection,
    despite both acts being illegal at the time of the
    survey.
              Did you know?
1.   A May 2006 Gallup Poll found that 69% of
     Americans answered yes to the question
     "When a person has a disease that
     cannot be cured, do you think doctors
     should be allowed by law to end the
     patient's life by some painless means if
     the patient and his family request it?"
You Don’t Know Jack
   Dr. Jack Kevorkian believed that each
    person should have the choice to end
    his/her life “with dignity”? Why, then, did
    he have exceptions?
   Do you think that Dr. Kevorkian crossed the
    line when he euthanized a patient instead
    of assisting in the patient’s suicide? Why
    or why not?
You Don’t Know Jack
   What do you think about the moral slippery
    slope of using “quality of life” as a
    consideration for addressing a consistent
    ethic of life?
To Review:
   Active Euthanasia
   Passive Euthanasia
   Voluntary Euthanasia
   Involuntary Euthanasia
   Physician Assisted Suicide
   Whole Brain Death
   Persistent Vegetative State
To Review
   Ordinary Care
   Extraordinary Care

				
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