active euthanasia

(redirected from Direct Euthanasia)

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).
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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The Catholic Catechism states: "Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church reads: "Whatever its motives or means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons.
He argues against direct euthanasia (48), against age-based "rational" suicide (84-88), against covert actions by governments (197), and against rationing of funds merely on the basis of age (204).
This is not even a plea for direct euthanasia; just for a death as easy as will be possible under the circumstances, without her doctor facing prosecution for helping her to achieve it.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church is quite blunt on this subject: "Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick or dying persons.

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