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Is refusing care a form of euthanasia?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Refusing care is usually considered one form of euthanasia, usually referred to as passive euthanasia or withdrawal of treatment. A person may refuse to continue a regimen of medicines and procedures, like chemotherapy and radiation for cancer, refuse to insert a feeding tube to provide sustenance, or disconnect from a ventilator. This passive form of euthanasia is generally considered an acceptable practice and is not the same as assisted suicide.

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