Frequentlly Asked Questions:
What is physician-assisted suicide?
Physician-assisted suicide occurs when a doctor writes a prescription for a patient who has a terminal illness and is told they have only six months to live. The patient then must have the prescription filled at a local pharmacy and self-administer the drug, which in most cases occurs at home. The physician Is almost never present at the patient's suicide. The physician or another health care professional cannot administer the drug. The patient must consume the medication, which may number around 100 pills, to themselves. The physician's role basically ends once they provide the prescription to the patient.
Physician-assisted suicide is not related to the withdrawal of feeding tubes, Intravenous fluids, breathing tubes, etc. The withdrawal of these devices is already allowed under law and under Catholic medical directives.
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