The difference between euthanasia and switching off life support or withdrawing treatment

Some argue mistakenly that there is no ethical difference between euthanasia and switching off life support or stopping futile medical treatment.

There is a vast difference.

When life support is switched off or treatment is stopped, the person dies from their underlying illness, from natural causes. When euthanasia is performed, a person dies from a lethal injection deliberately given to cause death.

To legalise voluntary euthanasia means making it legal for a doctor to intentionally kill a patient. That would be a shift in medical ethics that has been established for thousands of years.

See Dr David Richmond’s article and diagrams

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