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Do you support the practice of physician-assisted suicide?

Physician-assisted suicide (PAS) remains a taboo topic in the United States. Currently, only five states---California, Oregon, New Mexico, Washington and Vermont---have passed legislation legalizing PAS practice, which enables terminally-ill patients the option to choose how to end their lives through voluntary self-administration of lethal medications.

Though the American Medical Association calls PAS "fundamentally incompatible with the physician's role as healer," not all clinicians feel that way about the practice. In 2014, Medscape released poll data that showed 54% of physicians in the country believed PAS should be allowed.

Nurses play a fundamental role in end-of-life care, whether it be through hospice care, palliative care, nursing homes or elsewhere. At the heart of every terminally-ill case, there is a nurse aiding the patient and their family through the process.

ADVANCE wants to know what nurses think about PAS. Should it be allowed? Is there a benefit to this kind of end-of-life care option? Share your thoughts below.

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