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Depending on one's beliefs and philosophical leanings, removing life-sustaining treatment can be viewed as causing a patient's death or allowing a patient to die. The dramatic and very public debate surrounding the medical decisions made for Terri Schiavo illuminate widespread societal disagreement about the moral consequences of withdrawing support. This divergence stems from the differing attitudes about life and death that inform people's views regarding the kinds of end-of-life decisionsdoi:10.1001/virtualmentor.2006.8.9.hlaw1-0609 pmid:23234711 fatcat:n45cwfov2bajfg2dtntlla4c4m