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What is the difference between euthanasia by action or by omission?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Active euthanasia is the process of administering some type of treatment or medical procedure to end someone's life, like a lethal injection. Euthanasia by omission, sometimes called passive euthanasia, refers to situations in which things that are considered ordinary and necessary, like food, or treatments that prolong life, like chemotherapy, are withheld to hasten death. Which treatments are considered necessary and ordinary is hotly debated among many religious groups and concerned individuals.

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