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• Euthanasia literally means "an easy death." It involves actions that are intended to relieve suffering by causing the death of the suffering person.

• Active euthanasia means to perform actions that directly cause the death of another person.

• Passive euthanasia is a somewhat ambiguous term, and some question whether there even is such a thing as passive euthanasia. It is typically thought of as withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment, such as a ventilator or feeding tube, and thereby hastening death by technically natural causes.

• Assisted suicide is any act by which an...


has an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Texas at Dallas, and an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity International University. She resides in Dallas and currently works as a freelance science writer and educator.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #38, Fall 2016 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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