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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).
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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Brock, "Voluntary Active Euthanasia," Hastings Center Report March--April: 11.
It was expected that counseling students would support greater autonomy for clients considering passive rather than active euthanasia; however, given the potential biases related to age, it was also expected that there would be less support for autonomy for a younger client than for an older client, particularly for active euthanasia (H1).
This report, prepared by the Commission for the reflection of the end-of-life in France, still against active euthanasia, proposes, in the chapter of recommendations, the possibility of "an act performed by a physician that would accelerate the occurrence of death" 29 for terminal patients, an act that can take the form of deep sedation.
Active euthanasia is the process by which a health care practitioner causes the patient's death through an affirmative act.
The debate on active euthanasia is intense, mainly because of the opposition it receives from religious groups and many members of the legal and medical professions.
(18,19) The concentration of health problems into very old age, ie over 85, could strengthen the demand for either specialist palliative care services or active euthanasia in this age group.
New Delhi, March 8 -- In a path-breaking judgement, the Supreme Court on Monday allowed "passive euthanasia" of withdrawing life support to patients in permanently vegetative state (PVS) but rejected outright active euthanasia of ending life through administration of lethal substances.
There is also a consensus within medicine that PSU is a medical treatment and is therefore not tantamount to active euthanasia. However, the consensus also holds that PSU should be subject to restrictions that do not otherwise apply to medical treatments.
Active euthanasia is very simple from a moral point of view.
Instead, many parties such as non-governmental organizations, euthanasia committees, relatives of the patients, the patient (in the case of active euthanasia), physicians and academics should contribute before a final deliberation on a euthanasia case is made.
From his defense of active euthanasia to his development of a non-religious ethics grounded in evolutionary biology, Rachels, like Peter Singer, a kindred spirit (see, e.g., 66, 82), often argued controversial positions.