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Active vs. Passive Euthanasia

Active vs. Passive Euthanasia. What are your opinions and reactions on this subject?

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Let's take a closer look at one side of the argument, which is my position. I also attached an article, some of which this response is drawn fro further consideration.


1. Active vs. passive euthanasia. What are your opinions and reactions on this subject?

I position myself along the line of other opponents of euthanasia, both passive and active. It is morally wrong. What side do you position yourself.

The difference between "active" and "passive" euthanasia is that in active euthanasia, something is done to end the patient's life (like the doctor injecting a lethal dose of a drug to the end the patient's life; in passive euthanasia, something is not done that would have preserved the patient's life. Over 20 years ago, James Rachels challenges the doctrine that passive euthanasia can be morally permissible but active euthanasia cannot.(cited in Gorman, 1999). However, many opponents argue that both are morally wrong (my position as well).

Arguments against euthanasia

First, euthanasia destroys societal respect for life. It becomes so common and when used in medical practice along with other traditional methods of healing, society will become desensitized toward death to the point where life is no longer valuable. It is argues that this attitude serves to degrade humanity and ...

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Active vs. Passive Euthanasia parallels are drawn.