I agree that good palliative care and hospice can greatly increase the majority of terminally ill patients' lives. However, for that minority who are not responsive to medicines and must live in torture, there should be an avenue to medically assisted death. I am an RN who worked in Hospice for many years and saw several patients who could not get their pain & symptoms relieved. It was horrible for them, their families, and us as caregivers. Please, for those few, let there be a peaceful way to die.