What is it about?

The topic of assisted suicide has sparked debate for generations. There are medical, cultural, political, and religious reasons that fuel this debate. This paper seeks to understand if current attitudes towards this practice are a result of an aging population and younger more progressive generations, a reflection of religion and religiosity in America, or a combination of both.

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Why is it important?

Understanding how and why people make important end-of-life care decisions is crucial for drafting and passing new policy and legislation, reducing stigma around various options and continuing to find more equitable ways to care for people as they approach the end of life due to terminal illness or age.


This article was important to me as I am always seeking to understand ways to reduce inequalities in health and healthcare. I hope that we can find a way to have equitable treatment options for everyone and enable individuals to choose the treatment that is best for themselves. I was also intrigued by how new generations are the driving force on changing social attitudes over time and not just external factors such as religion or government.

Miles Marsala
Duke University

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This page is a summary of: Approval of Euthanasia: Differences Between Cohorts and Religion, SAGE Open, January 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/2158244019835921.
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