Types of Euthanasia

  • Euthanasia: the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit.
  • Voluntary euthanasia: When the person who is killed has requested to be killed.
  • Non-voluntary: When the person who is killed made no request and gave no consent.
  • Involuntary euthanasia: When the person who is killed made an expressed wish to the contrary.
  • Assisted suicide: Someone provides an individual with the information, guidance, and means to take his or her own life with the intention that they will be used for this purpose. When it is a doctor who helps another person to kill themselves it is called “physician assisted suicide.”
  • Euthanasia By Action: Intentionally causing a person’s death by performing an action such as by giving a lethal injection.
  • Euthanasia By Omission: Intentionally causing death by not providing necessary and ordinary (usual and customary) care or food and water.
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    6 Responses to “Types of Euthanasia”

    1. 1 Snowball


      This seems like an non-voluntry euthanasia by action. But is it? The circumstances, the knowledge of the executer on his victim seems to suggest that he is acting in an indirect voluntry euthanasia(at least, by what he precive as) from his victim…
      Also, the disease is found 8 years ago. Would it be possible that the victim expressed wish than, thus making it a voluntary, rather than non-voluntry?

    2. 2 mikan

      is the euthanasia a moral or immoral action????????

    3. Good question! But doesn’t it seem as if we need a really good understanding of what ‘moral’ and ‘immoral’ actually mean? This is where meta-ethics comes in…

    4. 4 Nzan eku

      Moral is what is to the general acceptance of the society while immoral advocate an unwellcome act.

    5. 5 Nzan eku

      I will be greateful. Euthanasa should be exercise in some part of africa, we are poor to pay for hispital bill, lack medical apparatus and sometimes demand for euthanasia.

    6. 6 Terry

      My mother’s doctors decided that her condition would progress which would cause her organs to fail and she would end up on life support. The doctors pressured us by continuing to ask us if she would want that. Despite how great she looked and claimed that she was not in any pain, they told us the humane thing to do was to give her a shot that would let her fall into a sleep and then to withdraw the oxygen. They said she would never know. LIARS! The shot they gave her in front of me, my sisters, and my daughter only put her into an extremely anxious state. Then they immediately turned the oxygen off and left the room while she begged for air and help until her horrific death! If that was procedure to them, it will never be considered acceptable procedure to me! I don’t think a criminal in America would be treated so inhumanely!

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