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EUTHANASIA Euthanasia Greek easy death is the act of inducing a gentle painless death In recent decades the term has come to mean deliberately terminating life to prevent unavoidable suffering Passive euthanasia is discontinuing life-sustaining treatment of the ill or stopping so-called extraordinary treatment Active euthanasia or mercy killing is putting to death a person who due to disease or extreme age can no longer lead a meaningful life the term can also include an act of voluntary euthanasia or SUICIDE for similar reasonsMullen 11 Active euthanasia-The deliberate termination of the life of a human being who is ill Passive euthanasia-The withholding or withdrawal of treatment for a patient where the disease is terminal and where treatment is futile Voluntary euthanasia-Requires consent of the patient Physician-assisted euthanasia-Same as active euthanasia but the doctor isnt necessarily present at the time of death Involuntary euthanasia The deliberate taking of a suffering persons life without the persons explicit request Alleviation of pain and symptoms The administration of painkillers usually morphine with the intent to ease a dying patients pain and remove distress symptoms with the understanding the drug may unintentionally hasten the patients death Should doctor-assisted suicide be made legal or prohibited by law Legally permitted70 Prohibited24 Unsure06 The results of a telephone poll In class handout Based on these results we can see that Canadians support Euthanasia Many physicians consider it good medical practice not to artificially prolong the life of a suffering person whose disease is inevitably fatal Instead they provide comfort and relief while the patient awaits death Passive euthanasia however has only recently gained legal support In 1976 the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that doctors may disconnect a mechanical respirator that is keeping a comatose patient alive because it prevents the patient from dying with decency and dignity In 1977 right to die bills were introduced into several state legislatures Since then more than 30 states have passed
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