Passive euthanasia vs withdrawing life support

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Hi! Can someone please clarify the difference between passive euthanasia and withdrawing life support? I don't understand because passive euthanasia is illegal but withdrawing life support is allowed, however isn't withdrawing life support a form of passive euthanasia?
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The NHS would be very careful to distinguish the two , they do not say that the two are the same... they dismiss passive euthanasia and say it is not necessary because of palliative care (in terms of the withdrawal of life sustaining treatment).

Palliative care is another can of worms though, it’s not meant to hasten or prolong death (according to the WHOs definition)... just ease a person as they naturally die. However this is where the doctrine of double effect comes into play, because say a person needs to be very heavily medicated in order to be pain free... the medicine could be hastening the death and therefore passively euthanising the patient.

Basically , there is no really difference when you look into especially if you study healthcare ethics.
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(Original post by Supernova36)
The NHS would be very careful to distinguish the two , they do not say that the two are the same... they dismiss passive euthanasia and say it is not necessary because of palliative care (in terms of the withdrawal of life sustaining treatment).

Palliative care is another can of worms though, it’s not meant to hasten or prolong death (according to the WHOs definition)... just ease a person as they naturally die. However this is where the doctrine of double effect comes into play, because say a person needs to be very heavily medicated in order to be pain free... the medicine could be hastening the death and therefore passively euthanising the patient.

Basically , there is no really difference when you look into especially if you study healthcare ethics.
Thank you! If I were to explain this at an interview, would it be correct to say that withdrawing life support is based on the patient and their family's decision. By that, removing it would be to remove treatment that the patient no longer consents for and perhaps, dying is a consequence of this. In contract, passive euthanasia would be to withdraw treatment with the intention of ending the life of the patient and that is why it is illegal?
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