Euthanasi Euthanasia And Euthanasia Essay

1373 Words May 17th, 2016 6 Pages
Euthanasia is also known as assisted suicide, physician-assisted suicide, doctor-assisted dying, and is more termed as mercy killing. It means to take a deliberate action with the expressed intention of ending a life to relieve intractable (persistent, unstoppable) suffering.Some interpret euthanasia as the practice of ending a life in a painless manner. There are two main classifications of euthanasia:Voluntary Euthanasia is euthanasia conducted with consent. Since 2009 voluntary euthanasia has been legal in Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and the states of Oregon (USA) and Washington (USA). The other is Involuntary Euthanasia which is euthanasia conducted without consent. The decision is made by another person because the patient is incapable to doing so by him or herself.There are two procedural classifications of euthanasia: Passive Euthanasia is when life-sustaining treatments are withheld. The definition of passive euthanasia is often not clear cut. For example, if a doctor prescribes increasing doses of opioid analgesia (strong painkilling medications) which may eventually be toxic for the patient, some may argue whether passive euthanasia is taking place - in most cases, the doctor 's measure is seen as a passive one. Many claim that the term is wrong, because euthanasia has not taken place, because there is no intention to take life. The other is Active Euthanasia which is lethal substances or forces are used to end the patient 's life. Active…

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