Euthanasi Active And Passive Euthanasia

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The issue of whether active and passive euthanasia are distinct continues to be important to philosophers, ethicists and health care professionals. Euthanasia is the act of ending a patient’s life when the circumstance for that patient is unbearable or untreatable by medical treatment (Ozcelick, Tekir, Samancioglu, Fadiloglu & Ozkara, 2014, p. 94). Namely, there is active and passive euthanasia. Both are indicative of the acts that root in the intention to end a patient’s life. For the purpose of this paper, we will establish that active euthanasia is the physical or direct act of causing death, as to inject a patient with a lethal injection (Ozcelick et al, 2014, p. 94). In similarity, passive euthanasia defines the act from which a health care provider withholds life-sustaining treatments such as not providing water or food as to inevitably cause death (Ozcelick et al, 2014, p. 94). I will argue that there is a spurious moral distinction between active and passive euthanasia, as both are contingent on the same line of the intention to end ones life. Although there are compelling arguments that will establish the difference between active and passive euthanasia, it fails to seek the definitive conclusion of both. This conclusion is that both, in any such way, lead to the end of ones life. To support this argument I will first invest in explaining that that the health care provider will always have the knowledge that either active or passive euthanasia will lead to death.…
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