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Proponents of euthanasia such as George P. Smith, II, are among the enemies in the battle to gain recognition of the rights of the Nancy Cruzans of the country to refuse the life-sustaining medical treatment that keeps them languishing in a persistent vegetative state for years and even decades. In this book, Smith notes:
"Therefore, what has heretofore been recognized as acts of euthanasia of one form or other would be henceforth known as but acts of enlightened self-determination. . . .
"Whether a right to decline life-sustaining treatment implies an equal liberty or co-ordinate right to commit suicide and
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Final Choices: Autonomy in Health Care Decisions. Ann Intern Med. 1990;113:415. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-5-415_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(5):415.
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