Euthanasi Euthanasia And Involuntary Euthanasia Essay

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In addition to the different methods of euthanasia, there are also different degrees. Euthanasia is classified as either active or passive. Those classifications are then broken down to voluntary, involuntary, and non-voluntary. Active euthanasia “occurs when the medical professionals, or another person, deliberately do something that causes the patient to die,” (BBC). It “involves taking a positive step or direct action to bring death of another person,” (Cavan 43). The methods of injection, consumption of pills, and inhalation of gas are active forms of euthanasia. On the other hand, passive euthanasia is “to [hasten] the death of a sick person by withdrawing some form of treatment from him or her and letting nature take its course,” (Cavan 43). The method of refusing or halting treatment as stated above is passive euthanasia. Voluntary euthanasia and involuntary euthanasia are both based on whether the patient provided consent. A patient choosing and selecting euthanasia with full consent is voluntary euthanasia. A patient who wants to die with dignity would exhibit behavior such as refusing to eat, refusing “burdensome treatment,” or asking to be assisted with dying (BBC). For example, Janet Adkins chose to be euthanized after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, “an incurable illness that progressively destroys memory and brain function (Cavan 27). Adkins did not want her family and herself to suffer the deterioration of their lives, leading to her eventual…

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