Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide Definitions

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  • Euthanasia
    • the act of deliberately ending a person's life to relieve suffering.
  • Assisted Suicide
    • is the act of deliberately assisting or encouraging another person to kill themselves.
  • Active Euthanasia
    • This means that positive steps are taken to end your life. You are given something on purpose which will bring your life to an end.
  • Passive Euthanasia
    • Here something is not done which will ultimately lead to your death. For example, medicines may be withheld or life support machine switched off.


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