Euthanasi Passive Euthanasia And Active Euthanasia

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The third category discusses how if physician assisted suicide was legalized, there could be the possibility of coercing the patient into choosing euthanasia. The family or caregiver may pressure the patient into choosing euthanasia just so they could be relieved of the burden of caring for said patient. This may happen because the family or caregiver has had a lot of pressure put onto them. Financial burden being a leading factor. Although there is no data that completely verifies this possible problem, opponents argue that it can be a possible issue and that it should be addressed. (Ezekiel 637).
There are two types of euthanasia. Passive euthanasia and active euthanasia. Passive euthanasia is when a patient passes away without the help of any kind of medication or assistance. Active euthanasia is when an act is purposely made to end a person 's life whether it is through withdrawal of treatment or any other life ending options. Often times the treatment that the patient wants is not given to them but instead what the physician desires is chosen instead (Cawley 859).
An example of when a patient 's wishes are disregarded is when a woman was labeled irrational by her physician when she refused life prolonging treatment. The physician ignored the husband 's wishes as well to stop treatment. The doctor did not follow the patient’s and the family’s wishes and instead prolonged the patient 's life therefore increasing her physical and mental pain. In the end the family and the…
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