|Types of Euthanasia
||Active: acting to end the patient's life.
||Passive: not acting to save the patient's life.
|Voluntary: the patient
consents to being euthanized.
Jack Kevorkian's euthanization of Thomas Youk:
giving fatal injections
Pulling the plug; not administering medications;
Nonvoluntary: the patient is incapable of consent
and someone else decides for them.
If Dr. Messenger had
acted to hasten
the infant's death.
The Messenger Case
Involuntary: the patient is capable of giving
consent but doesn't either (1) because they weren't asked or (2) they refused
Saving last bullets for the family to spare them
deaths by torture or from "a fate worse than death" at hands of Indians.
If one of the family
was on a respirator: Dad unplugs it without
obtaining their consent
(saves a bullet that way).