Euthanasia And The American Medical Association ( Ama ) Guidelines

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James Rachels opinion on euthanasia is that he is for it, however only active euthanasia. Active euthanasia is defined as “taking any direct action designed to kill the patient.” While passive euthanasia is “withholding treatment and allow a patient to die.” (pg.203) Which makes sense into why Rachels and myself would be more into AE rather than PE because it is a more humane way for people to die. Nonetheless Rachels way of pursuing people into euthanasia is well represented but he seems to skew away from the actual meaning of euthanasia and the American Medical Association (AMA) guidelines. The AMA states that to have euthanasia you must have all the qualifications, in the AMA own words “The cessation of the employment of extraordinary means to prolong the life of the body when there is irrefutable evidence that biological death is imminent is the decision of the patient and/ or his immediate family. The advice and judgement of the physician should be freely available to the patient and /or his immediate family.” (pg.203) Rachels does state some of the guidelines of the AMA but n...

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