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Human life is the basis of all good and is the necessary source and condition of every human activity and all of society Most people regard life as something sacred and hold that no one may dispose of it at will but believers see in life something greater namely a gift of Gods love which they are called upon to preserve and make fruitful Some people might not know the term Euthanasia so I will define it for you Euthanasia is an action or an omission which of itself or by intention causes death in order that all suffering may in this way is eliminated Some ways that can prevent this are the ordinary means of preserving life What is meant by that is all medicines treatments and operations which offer a responsible hope of benefit for the patient and which can be obtained and used without excessive expense pain or other inconvenience Also another term which is the extraordinary means of preserving life is just the complete opposite of the ordinary means What is meant by extraordinary means is that all medicines treatments and operations which cannot be obtained or used without excessive expense pain or other inconvenience and which offer no reasonable hope of benefit for the patient With these two terms the Catholic teaching of both of these are that we are only bound to the ordinary mean s to preserve life and not the extraordinary One topic that has arisen in the last past years is physician-assisted suicide Now youre thinking to yourself how does this relate to euthanasia This relates to euthanasia by active euthanasia Active euthanasia the immediate active steps to bring about death directly It is direct killing either by the common technique of drug overdose or by lethal injection If the patient is the initiator it is suicide and if the doctor is the initiator it is murder This is a
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