Letting die

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In ethics there is a moral distinction between killing and letting die. Whereas killing involves intervention, letting die involves withholding care.[1]

Also in medical ethics there is a moral distinction between euthanasia and letting die. Legally, patients often have a right to reject life-sustaining care, in areas that do not permit euthanasia.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Thomson, Judith (1976) Killing, letting die and the trolley problem The Monist, 59: 204-17
  2. ^ http://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/1001/p1555.html

Further reading[edit]

  • Bennett Jonathan (1993) Negation and abstention: two theories of allowing In B Steinbock and A Norcross (eds) KUling and Letting Die, pp 230-56 New York: Fordham University Press.