Active And Involuntary Euthanasia

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The debate about the use of Euthanasia to intentionally end life remains controversial. Also known as “mercy killing”, the practice of euthanasia has been debated extensively over the past centuries. Due to the fact that one is highly influenced by their moral values and world beliefs, the discussion has evoked a feeling of uncomfortableness and mixed emotions throughout many different cultures. Sparking both an ethical, emotional, political and religious discussion. This paper will discuss the ethical debate between both active/inactive and voluntary/involuntary euthanasia. I will also argue of views both supporters of euthanasia and those who oppose euthanasia from ethical, legal perspective and furthermore why I see euthanasia as an ethical …show more content…
An example of this would be removing one off life support or ventilators or simply stopping any types of medications or treatment that aids in helping the body function. The difference between active and passive is, active is intentionally done versus passive is not doing something to preserve the patient’s life. Alternatively, voluntary euthanasia, the patient is aware and competent to request or agree to euthanasia, while Involuntary is not specific or agreeing to bring death upon someone without their consent. Upon request to euthanasia, proper psychological, medical evaluations are conducted, stating the person’s complete mental competency. Patients who have been diagnosed with a chronic prognosis, and given an expectancy of six months or less can request euthanasia to alleviate distress. This includes, but is not limited to, patients in the terminal stages of cancer, unrelieved mental and psychosocial pain. At the end of the day, the objective for patients is to end their life with Death with dignity, without

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