What is Euthanasia?

  • Active Euthanasia (commonly just referred to as ‘Euthanasia’)  is the process by which a doctor ends the life of a patient, often by providing him or her with a lethal prescription of drugs. 
  • Pasive Euthanasia is when a patient’s treatment is terminated, in order to hasten the death of the patient.

HOW CAN EUTHANASIA TAKE PLACE?

Euthanasia (Active and Passive) can take place in three ways:

Voluntary – where the euthanasia is at the patient’s request

Non-Voluntary – where the euthanasia is carried out in the absence of the patients’ intentions 

Involuntary – where the euthanasia take place against the wishes/consent of the patient

What is Assisted Suicide?

Assisted Suicide (also called Physician Assisted Death/Physician Aid in Dying) is the process by which a doctor helps a patient to die by suicide, usually by providing the patient with a lethal dose of a drug.

What are the reasons people choose to die by Euthanasia / Assisted Suicide?

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What are the most common arguments in favour of Euthanasia / Assisted Suicide?

-Autonomy 

-Pain

What are the most common arguments against Euthanasia / Assisted Suicide?

-Protecting vulnerable groups

-A slippery slope

Why are disability rights activists so opposed to Euthanasia / Assisted Suicide?

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Why are palliative care consultants so opposed to Euthanasia / Assisted Suicide?

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What has happened in other countries since the introduction of Euthanasia / Assisted Suicide?

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What did the Oireachtas Health Committee say in its 2018 Report on Euthanasia / Assisted Suicide?

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Why shouldn’t the Oireachtas legalise Euthanasia / Assisted Suicide if opinion polls show the public being in favour?

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Have there been any legislative attempts to introduce Euthanasia / Assisted Suicide?

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