Essay on Euthanasia And Physicians Assisted Suicide

1322 Words Dec 10th, 2014 6 Pages
Euthanasia and Physicians Assisted Suicide or PAS is one of the most controversial issues talked about in the legal and medical profession. Although the ending result is that the patient ends up losing their life, Euthanasia and Physicians Assisted Suicide differ. Euthanasia is defined as the painless ending of someone’s life for reasons of mercy. Euthanasia is also known as “mercy killing”. Whereas Physicians assisted suicide is defined as the act in which a physician provides the means for suicide of the terminally ill. The patient however has to complete the final action that causes his or her death such as swallowing lethal drugs. By the Greek definition Euthanasia means a “Good Death”. A good and painless death is when the life is taken from someone’s body due to them taking lethal prescription drugs.

There are 4 types of Euthanasia. Those 4 types are active, passive, voluntary, and involuntary. Active Euthanasia is defined as the medical professional or another persondoing something deliberately that causes the patient to die. For example injecting a person with a lethal drug to end their life. Passive Euthanasia happens when the medical professional or another person purposely does something or stops doing something that is keeping the patient alive. Examples of passive euthanasia include turning off life support machines, disconnecting a feeding tube, failure to give life extending drugs, or failure to carry out life extending operations. Many people often make a…

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