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When we hear the phrase voluntary euthanasia people generally think of one of two things the active termination of life at the patients or the Nazi extermination program of murder Many people have beliefs about whether euthanasia is right or wrong often without being able to define it clearly Some people take an extreme view while many fall somewhere between the two camps The derivation means gentle and easy death coming from the Greek words eu - thanatos Euthanasia was formerly called mercy killing euthanasia means intentionally making someone die rather than allowing that person to die naturally Put bluntly euthanasia means killing in the name of compassion Euthanasia is often confused with physician-assisted suicide Euthanasia is when one person does something that directly kills another For example a doctor gives a lethal injection to a patient In assisted suicide a non-suicidal person knowingly and intentionally provides the means or acts in some way to help a suicidal person kill himself or herself For example a doctor writes a prescription for poison or someone hooks up a face mask and tubing to a canister of carbon monoxide and then instructs the suicidal person on how to push a lever so that shell be gassed to death For all practical purposes any distinction between euthanasia and assisted suicide has been abandoned today In the last decade or so several Australian states and territories have taken action aimed at guaranteeing the right of adult patients of sound mind to direct that extraordinary measures to prolong life be stopped South Australia passed the Natural Death Act in 1983 Victoria the Medical Treatment Act in 1988 the Northern Territory the Natural Death Act in 1988 and the Australian Capital Territory passed the Medical Treatment Act in 1994 NSW issued interim guidelines in 1993 The afore-mentioned legislation covers the following 1 Refusal or withdrawal of current treatment 2 Issuing a direction for refusal of certain treatment in the event that
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