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Ending a patients life in accordance with a patients

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Ending a patient’s life in accordance with a patient’s wishes b Involuntary Euthanasia Ending a patient’s life in violation of the patient’s wishes b Nonvoluntary Euthanasia Ending a patient’s life without knowledge of the patient’s wishes
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Euthanasia: Ethics and Law Euthanasia can be active or passive: b Active Euthanasia Acting to induce a patient’s death b Passive Euthanasia (usually called “withholding or withdrawing treatment”) Refraining from acting to sustain a patient’s life
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Euthanasia: Ethics and Law Article 293 of the Dutch penal code: Anyone “who takes another person’s life even at his explicit and serious request, will be punished by imprisonment of at the most 12 years or a fine of the fifth category.”
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Euthanasia: Ethics and Law Euthanasia is not punishable when: b It is driven by an “overwhelming power” b Understood as a “sudden conflict of duties or interests in a situation where a choice must be made”
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Euthanasia: Ethics and Law Exceptions to Article 293 (2002): 1. The patient’s request is voluntary and well considered 2. The patient experiences lasting and unbearable
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