Journal of Medical Ethics 34 9 : e Intelligence Squared Debates. The new guidelines state that assisting a suicide may, in some cases, be decriminalized, for example, if the assistance is out of compassion, and the decision of death is voluntary, conscious, well thought out and communicated to the authorities 2 Another possible reason for the increased use of continuous deep sedation is that it may have increasingly been used as a relevant alternative to euthanasia Rietjens et al.
Palliative care and euthanasia in countries with a law on euthanasia. Statistics Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide refer to deliberate action taken with the intention of ending a life, in order to relieve persistent suffering. Briefly, the argument states that: if we allow A the use euthanasia at the request of terminally ill patientsB abuse of euthanasia, that is, ending the life of vulnerable patient groups without their consent will necessarily or very likely follow.
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In the 20th Century, Ezekiel Emmanual, a bioethicist of the American National Institutes of Health NIH said that the modern era of euthanasia was ushered in by the availability of anesthesia. However, there is no ethically relevant distinction between active and passive means of deliberately causing death—either could be employed in euthanasia It is worth noting that many Catholic hospitals have opted out from this practice 4.
More education and debate is needed to disentangle in these situations which acts should be regarded as euthanasia and which should not.