mercy killing


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mercy killing

n.
Euthanasia.
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.
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In all there were some 112 "mercy killings" (as Hemlock defines them).
While they are demanding permission for mercy killing, we would urge the government to assist them in availing treatment," he said.
But a spokesman for Care Not Killing said: "Both assisted suicide and so-called mercy killing are illegal in order to protect the vulnerable, elderly and disabled from exploitation and abuse.
Brendan did, and it was a mercy killing, as Floyd was in so much pain he didn't want to go on.
Immediately after Jacob's death, Wragg dialled 999 and said he had "murdered" his son, and later the same night that it had been a "mercy killing".
He also condemned euthanasia, apparently without distinguishing between involuntary "mercy killing" on the one hand and voluntary euthanasia or assisted suicide on the other.
14 ( ANI ): A trans-woman has written a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind, seeking permission for mercy killing as she was allegedly refused the job of cabin crew in Air India due to her gender.
Police were investigating whether Ian Blakey, 34, took MS sufferer Jean's life in a mercy killing. He also killed his dog before turning his hunting rifle on himself.
THE SUPREME Court should not allow mercy killing as the government had already rejected proposals for legalising euthanasia, attorney general G.
Anyone who carried out a "mercy killing" would lay themselves open to murder or manslaughter charges, he said.
Summary: Detectives are to launch an investigation after a TV presenter told viewers he carried out a mercy killing on a former lover.
Maureen Messent, who wrote about the "mercy killing" in a front page article in the Mail, had been due to appear before magistrates in the city today.