"Euthanasia" is often used to refer to all of the forms of hastened death: *Physician assisted dying - a physician provides a competent, terminally ill patient with a prescription for a lethal dose of medication *Mercy killing - an individual, usually a close relative or friend, ends the life of another who is suffering *"Self deliverance" - a terminally ill individual ends his or her own life without the prescription of a lethal dose of medication *Voluntary euthanasia - a physician responds to a terminally ill patient's request for a hasten death by ADMINISTERING a lethal dose of medication to the patient *Involuntary euthanasia - a physician administers a lethal dose of medication to a patient, without an explicit request from the patient *Passive euthanasia - a patient's death is hastened by the removal or withholding of treatments or life support *Active euthanasia - a patient's death is hastened by treatments given or administered to the patient
Legal arguments for the legalization of physician assisted suicide from the 1997 Supreme Court amicus brief by six philosophers.
Guide to end-of-life choice includes basic concepts, international laws, for and against perspectives, case studies, and news articles and audio.
An 1891 journal article by E. P. Buffet, M. D., asserting that death is painless and not to be feared.
A thorough site with varying perspectives on the right to die, public opinion polls, and religious beliefs about hastened dying.
Arguments for and against. Includes a timeline and polls.
The U.S. Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments in Oregon v. Ashcroft, the case contesting the Attorney General's attempted nullification of Oregon's physician assisted dying law.
A comprehensive entry with background information on the issue.
Chapter 5 from "When Death is Sought - Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in the Medical Context". A comprehensive historical and philosophical survey.
Articles about end-of-life choice campaigns and individuals who have hastened their deaths.
Includes the epidemiology of suicide, law, ethical debate, public policy, and caring for the severely ill. From the New York State Department of Health
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