Euthanasia is the practice of painlessly killing a patient with an incurable or painful disease. Doctor assisted suicide is when a doctor helps a patient end their life by using a lethal injection of medication. In the United States, both euthanasia and doctor assisted suicide are illegal.
As of 2014, only nine states have worked to legalize and achieve euthanasia and doctor assisted suicide. Of those nine states, the New Hampshire House rejected the bill HB 1325 to legalize doctor assisted suicide but many groups joined together to oppose the rejection and won the right to legalize doctor assisted suicide. While New Jersey has legalized doctor assisted suicide with a provision to allow another person to assist with the suicide if the patient is unable to do it themselves.
There are two kinds of euthanasia, passive and active. Both forms are opposite approaches but achieve the same thing, death.The only difference is how long it takes for the patient to die. In passive euthanasia, the doctor stop giving the patient anything to continue living. Whether that be oxygen, food, or nutrients, the doctor ceases to supply them to the patient. In turn, this causes the patient to slowly die. While in active euthanasia, the doctor actively gives the patient a lethal injection. This causes the patient to die quickly rather than wait until death.
The Hippocratic Oath is the pledge that doctors and physicians make to never intentionally harm or kill a patient. “I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan…” What it doesn’t mention is that when a patient is in immense pain, the physician should do whatever they can to stop or at least alleviate the pain the patient suffers from.
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