A Mercy Killing, Will God Forgive?
In these scenarios, a patient's right to die argument becomes relevant. There are instances in which patients want to die to end suffering, or family members wish to turn off life support if and when it becomes clear that the patient will never have a meaningful quality of life. Many people believe these are reasonable arguments in favor of a patient's right to die (Setness).

Euthanasia is associated with the right to die. Euthanasia means a gentle and easy death. Euthanasia describes the practice of helping ill people die either at the patient's request or by making a decision to withdraw life support. Len Doyle writes in British Medical Journal that active euthanasia occurs when treatment is administered with the intention of ending the patient's life. Voluntary euthanasia occurs when the person who dies has requested to die. Non-voluntary euthanasia occurs the person who dies made no request and gave no consent. Euthanasia by omission involves intentionally allowing death to occur by not providing necessary usual and customary care or food and water. Passive euthanasia involves a situation in which treatment to which the patient has never consented is ended (Doyle, 1079).

The right to die argument asserts that it is morally permissible for an individual or a physician or a family member to end the life of a terminally ill patient. The conse

 
 
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