What’s the Difference?

A usual misconception: Physician-assisted suicide is NOT the same as euthanasia! 

Although both terms involve using lethal medications to deliberately end a terminally-ill patient’s life, the major differentiating factor is who exactly is administering the medication. In physician-assisted suicide, the patient themselves need to self-administer the medication but the patient ultimately decided when and if they will ingest it. On the other hand, with euthanasia, the physician plays a large, more active role in the process in carrying out the patients request. Now you know!


Fast Fact!

Did you know that euthanasia can be categorized in 4 types?

Voluntary- When a competent person makes a voluntary and enduring request to be helped to die.

Involuntary- To end a person’s life without their knowledge, will or consent.

Active- To end a person’s life by using drugs, whether by oneself or with the aid of a physician.

Passive- to end a  person life by now taking the necessary and ordinary action to maintain life, like withdrawing water, food etc.

Now you know!