The Differences Of Euthanasia And Physicians Assisted Suicide

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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 …show more content…
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 moral difference in active and passive euthanasia. Believing that is acceptable to not treat and allow a patient to die. However it is never acceptable to kill a patient by a deliberate act. There are those individuals who feel that this difference is nonsense. Killing is killing whether you do it yourself by “pulling the plug” or by giving the lethal medication and allowing the patient to do it for themselves.
The other two types of Euthanasia include voluntary and involuntary. Voluntary euthanasia is the terminally ill patient wanting to die. This includes the patient asking for help with dying, refusing necessary medical treatment, asking for life support machines to be turned off, refusing to eat or just simply deciding to die. Whereas involuntary euthanasia is the patient cannot make the decision or not make
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Kevorkian, it was nothing that I was familiar with until having to complete this project. Then after Dr. Kevorkian, PAS was nothing that was too much talked about until here recently with the death of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year old woman who was battling terminal brain cancer. She decided that she would move to the state of Oregon where the “Death with Dignity” law is in effect. Death with dignity simply is a way for a terminally ill patient to commit suicide and for it to be dignified. There are only a total of four states that have legalized the Death with Dignity law. Other than the state of Oregon, the other three states are Washington, Montana and Vermont. These states allow for terminally ill patients to relocate and take advantage of this law. The state of Oregon was the first state to legalize Death with Dignity with its law becoming effective in 1997. The state of Washington came next with its law being signed into effect in 2008. Finally and more recently the states of Vermont and Montana signed itsDeath with Dignity law in 2013. There is even a website that people can utilize to learn more information about this law. That site is

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