euthanasia | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Criminal Law

Euthanasia, also known as assisted suicide, refers to the practice of intentionally ending the life of a person who is suffering from a terminal illness or incurable condition.


In the criminal justice context, euthanasia is often a controversial and divisive issue, with some arguing that it should be legally permitted in certain circumstances as a means of ending suffering. In contrast, others argue that it should be prohibited as a violation of the sanctity of life.

Laws regarding euthanasia can vary widely from country to country, with some nations having very strict laws prohibiting the practice. In contrast, others have more permissive laws or have legalized it under certain conditions. In some countries, euthanasia is punishable as murder or manslaughter, while in others, it is considered a compassionate act and is not subject to criminal prosecution.

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Last Modified: 01/10/2023

 

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