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Unformatted text preview: Euthanasia A. Definition of Euthanasia a. To bring about the death of a person for his/her sake, directly or indirectly B. Active/Passive Euthanasia & Physician-Assisted Suicide a. Active euthanasia i. Taking a direct action to kill a person ii. Eg. injecting with needle iii. First decriminalized in Oregon, not allowed in UK (will go to Switzerland, Poland etc.) b. Passive euthanasia i. Allowing a person to die by: 1. Withholding/withdrawing measures necessary for sustaining life ii. Direct application of acts & omissions doctrine c. Physician-assisted suicide (active & voluntary) i. Killing of a person by the person’s own hand with the help of a physician ii. Illegal in Canada C. Voluntary/Non-Voluntary Euthanasia a. Voluntary i. Person requests/agrees to bring about their death. Including a living will allowing physicians to withhold/withdraw treatments if a person becomes terminally ill and unable to express wishes b. Non-voluntary i. Others choose euthanasia for a person because they are not competent and have left no instructions regarding their end-...
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course PHIL 237 taught by Professor Hirose during the Winter '08 term at McGill.
- Winter '08