Is There a Moral Difference between Active Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide?

  • Of course there is

    Suicide is the selfish act of killing oneself due to being unhappy on this earth. Yes they both end in the same way and yes they are similar, but morally they are not. People who commit suicide choose to end their life for personal reasons and can be avoided and live a full life. Where as people who wish to be euthanized are going to die in a matter of time, they just wish to die in a more peaceful manner so they can die with dignity and not experience pain, and let the disease kill them.

  • Yes, there is a moral difference.

    The definition of euthanasia is assisting someone in death the motive being terminal illness or pain, the definition of assisted suicide is is assisting someone in their death. So, assisted suicide is evidently killing your self and euthanasia is killing yourself because your going to die anyways but you just don't want to go through the suffering. For all of you out there saying that they are the same thing because they both end in the same result so then what is the difference of someone being assisted in their suicide and dying six months later of cancer and having gone through extensive amounts of pain and suffering?

  • No there is no moral difference.

    In both cases the patient dies, whether the doctor decided to administer something that would help kill them, or stop giving them the treatment in order to keep them alive. In either case the doctor has helped the person commit suicide so on a moral standing they are the exact same thing.

  • No moral difference.

    Active euthanasia and physician assisted suicide are basically the same thing. Active euthanasia may involve a lethal injection, or something else like pills, in order to end the persons life. The only difference is that active euthanasia may be done by a relative or the person themselves. There is no moral difference though.

  • It is not. The hospital is not the diference.

    Euthanasia is the act of pleading, that you are dying and you are begging for a rest. The physician-assisted suicide is the same act, nor by the same conditions, nor by the same person. In much cases, the euthanasia is decided for the family of the dying person, but they are still the same. The fact if yorself or your family makes the decission doesn't make a morality difference.

  • There is not a moral difference between Active Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide.

    There is not a moral difference between Active Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide. I think this issue should be between the doctors and the patients. It is wrong that we allow our terminally ill to lay and suffer when they do not want to. I think the family of the patient and the doctor should be able to have another option.

  • No, both get rid of undesirables.

    No, there is not a moral difference between active euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, because both involve another person deciding that a person's life is not worth living. At least with true suicide, it is only the person involved that is making the decision to end a life. With assisted suicide, the doctor is helping make the decision that another person is not worth it.

  • No there is not.

    I think they are both pretty much the same and equally moral. I think with active euthanasia, then the person could be brain dead and then there wouldn't be any permission given by the person. However, they are pretty much already dead, so I don't really see a moral difference between the two.

  • Difference In Terms

    I do not believe there is a big moral difference between active euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. I believe there are a few people who would chose these methods given they had a terminal illness and were in a lot of pain. Morally, I find the two terms describe approximately the same treatment.

  • There is not.

    There is not a moral difference between active euthanasia and physician assisted suicide. If someone wants to end their life due to a painful illness, then they should have the right to do so as it is their life. There is not moral difference because the end result is the same.

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