The standard of care is NOT higher now. Now, hydration and nutrition are classed as medical procedures that can be withdrawn. Previously, everyone understood that starving someone to death was murder. Now even professing evangelical Christians are wilfully blind to what is going on.
Chris Perver wrote: I think there is a vast difference between assisted suicide and easing the suffering of someone who is terminally ill and who would die without medication anyway. We have to realize the standard of care is a lot higher now than it was hundreds of years ago, and it is only because of this we are now facing the dilemma of having to withdraw medication which could keep a person "alive" indefinitely. It's not a nice decision to have to make, but people do have to make it every day.