Are Withdrawal of Therapeutic Support and Administering Lethal Substances Ethically Equivalent?

This article was published by Euthanasia Free New Zealand (PDF Link).

By Dr David Richmond

Advocates of legalising euthanasia are desperate to argue for the ethical equivalence of two acts: 

1. The withdrawal of life sustaining support from a patient at that patient’s request; and
2. The administration of a lethal dose of a toxic substance to a patient at that person’s request.

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