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Euthanasia

Passive Euthanasia, Active Euthanasia, Physician-assisted Suicide, Euthanasia Considerations, Euthanasia And Physician-assisted SuicideInvoluntary Euthanasia

[Greek, good death.] The term normally implies an intentional termination of life by another at the explicit request of the person who wishes to die. Euthanasia is generally defined as the act of killing an incurably ill person out of concern and compassion for that person's suffering. It is sometimes called mercy killing, but many advocates of euthanasia define mercy killing more precisely as the ending of another person's life without his or her request. Euthanasia, on the other hand, is usually separated into two categories: passive euthanasia and active euthanasia. In many jurisdictions, active euthanasia can be considered murder or MANSLAUGHTER, whereas passive euthanasia is accepted by professional medical societies, and by the law under certain circumstances.

Involuntary Euthanasia

The term involuntary euthanasia is used to describe the killing of a person who has not explicitly requested aid in dying. This term is most often used with respect to patients who are in a persistent vegetative state and who probably will never recover consciousness.

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Death and Dying.

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