nonvoluntary euthanasia


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nonvoluntary euthanasia

Euthanasia provided to an incompetent person according to a surrogate's decision.
See also: euthanasia
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(162) (He apparently believes that permanently unconscious persons are frequently removed from life support to suit the comfort and convenience of surrounding people rather than to fulfill the now-incompetent patient's wishes.) Kamisar's underlying premise seems to be that extension of PAD to nonvoluntary euthanasia would not only be inevitable, but also a dangerous and unsavory development.
The letters evaded the question of whether nonvoluntary euthanasia (now turned into an oxymoron) actually took place.
Nonvoluntary euthanasia and some forms of voluntary euthanasia may involve assisted suicide.
Daniel Callahan has reported that in the Netherlands, where physician-assisted suicide has been practiced for a number of years, "there are a substantial number of cases of nonvoluntary euthanasia, that is, euthanasia undertaken without the explicit permission of the person being killed." (5)
(In a portion of its opinion not cited by Matsunaga, it had also endorsed nonvoluntary euthanasia, saying that those mentally incapable of deciding for themselves should be killed at the direction of their guardians or other surrogates, just as, under current law, guardians can direct the cutoff of life-sustaining treatment for such patients.)
That this would inevitably lead to nonvoluntary euthanasia was denied in that brazen, Clintonian fashion that we all have become accustomed to.
Involuntary euthanasia, in which a competent patient explicitly refuses or opposes receiving euthanasia, and nonvoluntary euthanasia, in which a patient is incompetent and unable to express his or her wishes about euthanasia, will be considered here only as potential unwanted side-effects of permitting voluntary euthanasia.