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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Yes, answered the late Joseph Fletcher, who advocated active euthanasia for some fifty years.
What this suggests is that less powerful people (such as older, minority women) felt themselves more at risk from the measure, fearing that a policy of active euthanasia might be used against them because the law would provide insufficient protections for them.
If this is right, then our understanding of the morality of active euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide will be enhanced by considering them together.
Third, in applying her principle of permissible harm to active euthanasia, she only considers (p.
None of the authors of these comments argued that passive euthanasia was somehow better for the patient or that active euthanasia would necessarily count as harmful.
In reaction, supporters of active euthanasia abhor suffering, not death, as the supreme evil and thus would give up the battle against death, indeed would kill, in order to spare the patient who so chooses, pain and suffering.
Probably the most cited case in favour of active euthanasia would be that of Aruna Shanbaug who has been left partially brain dead, in a vegetative state since 1973 after she was sexually assaulted by a sweeper in the hospital where she was working as a nurse.
3) Active euthanasia is an action whose goal is intentionally to take the life of a terminally ill patient to alleviate great pain.
Participants were much more supportive of client autonomy for a 77-yearold client than for a 2 5-year-old client seeking active euthanasia.
Once there, fill out your profile and check out our discussion that's going on - it's a good one - on the RN's ethical obligations to the patient and profession when it comes to assisted suicide and active euthanasia.
Finally, there is the issue of physician-assisted suicide and active euthanasia that achieved public notoriety with the criminal conviction of Dr.
Today, most branches of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam condemn active euthanasia, although some permit restricted forms of passive euthanasia.