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Assignment 3 1) Active euthanasia is an intervention such as injecting a patient with a lethal dose that can be used to end their life. Passive euthanasia on the other hand is withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment (WLST) such as life support. In active euthanasia you are actively contributing to or causing death however, with passive euthanasia it is more of a passive process because you are not actively causing death but just letting it happen by removing equipment that is allowing life to be possible. An example of active euthanasia would be the Sue Rodriguez’s case as she was suffering from ALS and wanted the right to end her life when she chose to. Due to the state of the disease (causing paralysis) she needed help of others to end her life via a fatal drug dose. On the contrary, Nancy B’s case is an example of passive euthanasia as she was suffering from motor paralysis, intubated on a ventilator. Like Sue Rodriguez she also wanted to end her life however, in her case she didn’t need an administration of a fatal drug but simply having the ventilator removed would result in death, which would be classified as passive euthanasia. Essentially the differences between active and passive euthanasia is directly
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