Limits to Life-Sustaining Treatment

4. Take an action that directly causes the death of a patient

The most dramatic examples of this are the cases of a family member who is so distressed by the suffering of a patient that they bring a gun into the patient's room and shoot them.

This is the kind of action that is clearly labelled "euthanasia," although I prefer to call it "direct, active euthanasia."

Even this sort of measure is defended by some. Indeed, in the Netherlands, it is legally permitted for a physician to administer a lethal dose of medicine to a suffering, terminally-ill patient if the patient has repeatedly requested it.


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