assisted suicide


Definition of assisted suicide

: suicide committed by someone with assistance from another person especially : physician-assisted suicide

Examples of assisted suicide in a Sentence

a doctor who has been involved in several assisted suicides an opponent of assisted suicide
Recent Examples on the Web Introduced in 2019, the rule in question would have denied federal funding to health-care organizations that don't allow staff to opt out of participation in abortions, procedures related to gender transition, assisted suicide, and the like. Bonnie Kristian, The Week, 20 Apr. 2022 Fieger has successfully defended assisted suicide Dr. Jack Kevorkian and unsuccessfully run for governor. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 9 Dec. 2021 Fieger garnered international attention representing the infamous assisted suicide doctor, acting as the pathologist's attorney, spokesperson, and, in some ways, his publicist. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 9 Dec. 2021 Euthanasia and assisted suicide are legal in only a handful of countries. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2021 The exec said that Exit International sought regulatory review for Sarco assisted suicide in Switzerland last year. Chris Smith, BGR, 7 Dec. 2021 Colombia is a majority Catholic nation, and church teaching opposes both assisted suicide and euthanasia. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 12 Oct. 2021 Her party had previously ruled out a coalition with the Christian Union because of their opposing stances on issues including euthanasia and assisted suicide. Mike Corder, ajc, 28 Sep. 2021 Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Nancy McDonnell sentenced McElroy, now 19, to five to seven and one-half years in prison after McElroy pleaded guilty in May to involuntary manslaughter and assisted suicide. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 24 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of assisted suicide

1884, in the meaning defined above

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“Assisted suicide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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assisted suicide

variants: also assisted death

Medical Definition of assisted suicide

: suicide committed by someone with assistance from another person Surveys also show assisted suicides are taking place covertly, often without a doctor's help. — Mark O'Keefe, The Sunday Oregonian (Portland, Oregon) especially : physician-assisted suicide Six of the 15 patients who chose assisted suicide in the act's first year had to ask more than one doctor before finding a physician who would write a lethal prescription. — Barry Siegel, The Los Angeles Times

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Legal Definition of assisted suicide

: suicide committed by someone with assistance from another person especially : physician-assisted suicide

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