mercy killing


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mercy killing

n.
Euthanasia.

mercy killing

See euthanasia, def 1.
A popular term for the termination of a person’s life as a humane act

mercy killing

Medical ethics The termination of a person's life as a humane act. See Euthanasia.

mer·cy kill·ing

(mĕr'sē kil'ing)
The intentional putting to death of a person with an incurable or painful disease, intended as an act of mercy.
Compare: euthanasia

mercy killing

EUTHANASIA.

mercy killing

the euthanasia of animals for humane reasons is regarded by the veterinary profession as one of its responsibilities to the animal population. When the animal is in a great deal of pain and there is no chance of a favorable outcome, it is thought that the veterinarian is required to carry out euthanasia. In most Western countries this is enshrined in legislation relating to the protection of animals against cruelty. In awkward situations, e.g. when the owner resists or is not available to give consent to euthanasia, it is prudent to get another veterinary opinion if that is possible.
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The federal Parliament reversed the law less than a year later and mercy killing remains illegal in Australia.
Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Brinda Karat supporting the verdict of the apex court said the cases of mercy killing needed to be decided on each matter's individual merit.
And then perhaps our Prime Minister could change the law so that no one else can be convicted of murder for a mercy killing done out of love.
Today at Aylesbury Crown Court, Bucks, Mrs Marshall, from Dunstable, Beds, received a 12month jail sentence suspended for two years after the judge heard the exceptional circumstances surrounding the attempted mercy killing of Cecilia Maxwell at her residential home.
Lawson, of Hove, Sussex, told police he had taken part in the mercy killing as his family could take no more and he felt the NHS had repeatedly failed to help his daughter.
A WOMAN has been cleared over the mercy killing of her elderly mum.
New Delhi, Mar 7 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the petition filed by author Pinki Virani for the mercy killing of comatose nurse Aruna Shanbaug, confined to a bed in Mumbai's King Edward Memorial Hospital for the last 37 years in a vegetative state after a brutal sexual assault.
MERCY killing mum Frances Inglis told yesterday how the long years she faces behind bars are nothing compared to seeing her child suffer.
The charge relates to an article in which she claimed to have been involved in the mercy killing of her aunt.
Stephan Letter, 27, may face life if the Bavarian state court in Kempten convicts him on 16 counts of murder, 12 of manslaughter and one mercy killing at the hospital in Sonthofen, in the Bavarian Alps, between February 2003 and July 2004.
Murder covers a wide spectrum of intended killings and a true mercy killing may be at one end of the spectrum, but they are still murders,' he said.
The ruling sparked a row over mercy killing, but Linda insisted: "Mum has been dead for years.