active euthanasia


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active euthanasia

a mode of ending life in which the intent is to cause the patient's death in a single act (also called mercy killing).

active euthanasia

the ending of life by the deliberate administration of drugs.
The practice of injecting a patient with a lethal dose of medication with the primary intention of ending the patient’s life, at the patient’s request

active euthanasia

Medical ethics The practice of injecting a Pt with a lethal dose of medication with the primary intention of ending the Pt's life. Cf Active euthanasia.

ac·tive eu·tha·na·sia

(aktiv yūthă-nāzē-ă)
Mode of ending life in which the intent is to cause the patient's death in a single act (also called mercy killing).
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To be sure, there are commentators who insist that active euthanasia could and should be confined to competent persons.
Nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize a physician or any other person to end a patient's life by lethal injection, mercy killing or active euthanasia.
165) Given the movement towards autonomy for patients in modern day medicine, many feel that the legalization of voluntary active euthanasia is the final area where patients are not yet given any control over their treatment.
Some conservatives have been directly involved in active euthanasia in their professional life, although this was an extreme event which weighed heavily on their emotions.
Despite the relatively low level of support for involuntary active euthanasia shown by the respondents in the present study (M=3.
This paragraph makes several imperatives clear: suicide is prohibited; one cannot aid another in the commission of suicide; and active euthanasia is prohibited.
Watts and Howell[2] argue that there are clear philosophical distinctions between passive forms of assisted suicide (providing information), more aggressive assisted suicide (providing a lethal dose of medication or apparatus to inject it), and active euthanasia (physician injecting a lethal drug), pointing to the differing degrees of physician influence or control over the process leading to death.
He notes that candidates for voluntary active euthanasia constitute a vulnerable population.
6] However, at the end of this paper some practical and ethical guidelines are offered for consideration by doctors that have been authorised by a court to assist a patient with voluntary active euthanasia.
It rejected active euthanasia of ending life through administration of lethal substances.
Note these passages assume that humane treatment precludes intentional killing as in active euthanasia, a position challenged below.