Girsh writes, "The request must come voluntarily from a mentally competent, terminally ill, adult resident of Oregon" (61).
Two other requirements are that two doctors must validate both the diagnosis and prognosis and a mental health professional needs to be consulted if there is any doubt over the mental stability of the patient (Girsh 61-62).
Provisions of the Death With Dignity Act are similar to the ethical parameters of euthanasia previously mentioned.
Faye Girsh in her section "Patients Should Be Given More Control over Their Deaths" in the book Terminal Illness in the Opposing Viewpoints series, states these provisions.
The Right to Die The right to die is by one definition, "The right of a terminally ill person to refuse life-sustaining treatment" (Ferguson 21).
Inextricably tied up with the right to die are the controversies of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.
The poll also showed that seventy percent of people say there are circumstances in which a patient should be allowed to die (Ferguson 54).
Another poll in Ferguson's book showed that sixty percent of the seventy percent said those who suffer great pain should be allowed to die (54).
This process takes a while, so the patient has a lot of time to think through the ramifications of this act.
Ferguson in his book writes, "Legalization may be the best way to avoid the slide down the slippery slope" (79).