Two additional concepts are relevant to the discussion of euthanasia. First, voluntary euthanasia refers to mercy killing that takes place with the explicit and voluntary consent of the patient, either verbally or in a written document such as a living will. Second, nonvoluntary euthanasia refers to the mercy killing of a patient who is unconscious, or otherwise unable to explicitly make their intentions known. In these cases it is often family members who make the request. This would be done against the wi... ... middle of paper ... ...ss, and not enough on other intrinsic goods, such as justice and rights.
Euthanasia is the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma. Euthanasia can either take the form of passive or active assisted-suicide. Euthanasia is a hotly debated topic international that receives a lot of media attention when a story breaks about a personal story of someone suffering from an incurable and painful disease asks to be euthanized. Euthanasia can either take a passive or active form in that passive euthanasia is the act in which a life-support system or medication is withheld so the patient can die by natural means. This also means an ordinary human right such as nutrition or hydration cannot be with held to induce death.
Euthanasia can also be defined as any killing carried out by medical means or by medical personnel; whether intended for the termination of suffering or indignity of a life not worth living. A standard definition of euthanasia is the intentional putting to death of a person with an incurable or painful disease. No matter how the term is defined, it is intentional suicide and it is wrong (Keown75). When terminally ill patients are considering euthanasia, common questions arise such as: Whose right is it anyway? What do those rights entail?
The practice of euthanasia has many names: “mercy killing”, “assisted suicide”, or “physician assisted suicide,”and according to Medina, euthanasia is defined as purposefully killing or allowing the death of terminally sick or injured person with the idea or goal of relieving their pain and suffering(Medina). There are a few different types of euthanasia. The first type is passive euthanasia. Passive euthanasia occurs when an terminally ill patient requests the discontinuance of any form of life support in order to speed up their death(Euthanasia -ProCon). Stopping life support could be stopping the distribution of water and food, not delivering CPR or by stopping medication and treatments.
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.
In many cases, limits have been put on this practice, and in a few states it is a legal practice. Courts have been left to decide who lives and who should die. Doctors and nurses have been accused of murder for helping euthanize patients. Their Hippocratic oath is being put in jeopardy. To suffering, terminally ill patients who are dying natural deaths, euthanasia should be a legal option.
Also euthanasia has two procedural classifications, passive and active. Passive euthanasia involves withdrawal of life-prolonging treatments, whereas active euthanasia as well-known as mercy killing involves the use of force or lethal substance are used to end a patient’s life. Active euthanasia include life-ending actions conducted by the patient or somebody else. In short: euthanasia involves killing the patient to eliminate the pain while end-of-life care involves eliminating the pain so that the patient can die painlessly, from natural causes. Euthanasia is very controversial in the sense, many argued that it is assisted suicide and could be a cover for outright murder.
Is it wrong to commit euthanasia? What is euthanasia? Euthanasia is the act of assisting to end one life. There are two different kinds of euthanasia, passive and active. Passive euthanasia is the act of withholding medication and letting the patient die slowly and Active euthanasia is the acceleration of death, with the use of medication.
Active euthanasia involves a more direct approach to ending somebody’s life. This could be in the form of a physician administering a lethal dosage of drugs themselves or a family member suffocating the patient with a pillow. From a legal perspective, if the patient were not already terminally ill, then it would be easy to see this as murder. At the other end of the scale is passive euthanasia. Passive euthanasia involves withholding life sustaining measures and letting the natural process of
Positive euthanasia refers to events that in turn, cause death. "Passive uethanasia is used when certain common methods of treatmetn, such as antibotics, drugs, or surgery, are withheld or a large quanity of needed but ultimately lethal pain medicication is supplied" (Euthanasia). The article also mentions that if a patient has a living will; that clearly list their wish to substain from artificial means of life, then the will can be upheld.