Medical Aid in Dying: Euphemism of Choice for Assisted Suicide (USA)

The term “assist” inherently implies providing support or aid in an action. In contrast, “suicide” specifically refers to the deliberate and voluntary act of ending one’s life, focusing on the action itself, not the motivation behind it. Therefore, the term “assisted suicide” is both accurate and descriptive. The key point remains suicide is suicide, and its outcome remains the same—life ceases. Terminology is manipulated to obscure the nature of euthanasia and assisted suicide, emphasizing the use of the euphemism “medical aid in dying” (MAID). The terminology shift is designed to legitimize the act and reduce stigma by associating it with medicine. The true intention behind these linguistic changes is to encourage more assisted suicides.