Active euthanasia occurs when the medical professionals or another person deliberately do something that causes the patient to die passive euthanasia occurs when the patient dies because the . Active and passive euthanasia james rachels abstract the traditional distinction between active and passive euthanasia requires critical analysis the conventional doctrine is that there is such an important moral difference between the two that although the latter is sometimes permissible the former is always forbidden. We took a look at rachels view not necessarily so youd know who he was but primarily he is the clearest most articulate expositor of active euthanasia his idea behind active euthanasia is one theres no difference between active and passive euthanasia theyre the same thing. The standard ways of distinguishing between active and passive euthanasia act versus omission and removal of ordinary versus removal of extraordinary care do not have any clear moral significance we have used particular aspects of the physician patient relationship to make a morally significant . Euthanasia on the other hand is usually separated into two categories passive euthanasia and active euthanasia in many jurisdictions active euthanasia can be considered murder or manslaughter whereas passive euthanasia is accepted by professional medical societies and by the law under certain circumstances passive euthanasia
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