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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]


Andrew Geddis

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 22 October 2021

Euthanasia — Right to life

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1 Euthanasia literally means ‘good death’; deriving from the Greek eu, meaning ‘well’ or ‘good’, and thanatos, meaning death. In contemporary usage ‘it has come to mean a death free of any anxiety and pain, often brought about through the use of medication.’ (Manning 1) 2 The term is applied to a number of different practices (Emanuel 7). The withdrawal (or withholding) of life-sustaining treatment is referred to as passive euthanasia, while the positive act of intentionally causing the death of another constitutes active euthanasia. A further distinction may be...
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