Euthanasi Active And Passive Euthanasia

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1) James Rachel, a philosophy professor at the university of Alabama, wrote a paper called "Active and Passive Euthanasia" where he argues against the distinction between killing in letting die. He says that the distinction is made on morally irrelevant grounds. He says that the distinction between passive and active euthanasia should not be based on whether or not wanted more morally permissible then the other. To prove his point Rachel uses three dif-ferent examples, which included different circumstance where euthanasia is involved. He looks at each example and argues why active euthanasia would be the same or even better then passive euthanasia in the situation.
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A. The first example Rachel uses involves a terminally ill patient who has been diagnosed with throat cancer. The patient is in terrible pain, and can no longer treat their pain which medicine. The doctor realizes that the patient’s death is inevitable within a matter of days, even with continued treatment. Due to the extreme and severe pain the patient no longer wants to live. The patient along with the support of their family, asks the doctor to "end it all". The doctrine says that the doctor may withhold treatment but may not give a lethal injection. The doctor is justified in his decision to withhold treatment because it would be cruel to prolong the patients suffering when their death is eminent. This is an example of passive euthanasia, because the doctor is not "killing" his patient he is simply…
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