What Is The Definition Of Assisted Suicide Or Euthanasia?" Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, 19 Mar. 2010. Web.
Voluntary euthanasia is the deliberate killing of a patient suffering from an incurable or irreversible disease, at the request of that patient . The practice takes two forms: ‘assisted suicide’, by which a doctor helps a patient to end his or her life; and ‘active euthanasia’, in which a physician terminates the life of a patient. By far, the most common method of euthanasia is ‘lethal injection’, in which an individual is administered a fatal cocktail of drugs. Due to its moral and ethical implications, euthanasia is hotly debated all over the world. As of 2014, three nations – the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg – allow active euthanasia.
The practice, conducted by these doctors is murder, but also a form of euthanasia. Euthanasia has been a widely controversial topic among societies for thousands of years. Euthanasia, also known as mercy killing, is ending a patient’s life by withdrawing treatment or using a lethal injection. Euthanasia is often used if a patient desires death,... ... middle of paper ... ...lity in killing the patient, which is forbidden in most countries. Works Cited Boisvert, Marcel.
Voluntary euthanasia is being put to death with the consent of the patient; involuntary is where the patient is to ill to give consent, so a physician or close family member gives consent for them. Passive euthanasia is when common treatments, such as, antibiotics, pain medications, or surgery, are withheld. Active euthanasia is the use of lethal substances that will end a patient’s life. No matter what form of euthanasia is used... ... middle of paper ... ...a. Hamlon Kathi. “Could euthanasia or assisted suicide be used as a means of health care cost containment?” Patient’s rights council.
How does one let a patient or a family member breathe but not live? The practice of euthanasia or assisted suicide is “the painless killing of a patient suffering an incurable disease or a irreversible coma” (OxfordDictionaries). Euthanasia has many other names such as assisted suicide, physician-assisted suicide, and sometimes even “mercy killing”(“Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide”). To “pull the cord” when a patient is under coma or life support is called passive euthanasia. When a doctor directly guides a patient (with their consent) to end his or her life by lethal injection, this ethic is called voluntary or as active euthanasia.
Getting any confusion out of the way of PAS and Euthanasia is important. There are a few differences. First, Euthanasia is a treatment that the doctor literally takes the critically ill patients life. While, PAS is where the doctor gives the patient the means and information, and the patient takes the treatment themselves. Euthanasia results in critically ill patients dying, even without their consent, to end suffering.