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While it makes sense for the Voluntary euthanasia article to deal exlusively with human euthanasia, it doesn't make sense to exclude animals from an article simply called "Euthansia". This article should discuss all forms of euthanasia since the definition "the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering" clearly applies to both. This dishonest omission also leads to false statements like "Non-voluntary euthanasia is illegal in all countries" when it should read "Non-voluntary euthanasia of humans" to be precise. (talk) 23:29, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

Non-human euthanasia is covered at animal euthanasia. The ethical concerns tend to be different, and it is such a big issue breaking it up seems to make sense. - Bilby (talk) 23:35, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
Why? Why are the ethical concerns different? The way I see it, it's MORE moral to euthanise a human since a human has the ability to give consent. As far as I'm concerned, that's the ONLY moral difference. Unless you can explain some reason why morality applies differently to non-human animals, I'm calling your claim a case of pure bias. (talk) 23:40, 22 January 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 6 October 2015[edit]

Euthanasia is now legal in California, USA. Please add this fact to the article. Sources: (talk) 19:39, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

We probably need to clarify the list of states in the article, as the California bill doesn't permit euthanasia, only physician-assisted suicide, and that seems to be the case in most (if not all) of the other states listed. I'll see what I can do later today. - Bilby (talk) 00:07, 7 October 2015 (UTC)
But isn't physician assisted suicide like euthanasia? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:16, 30 December 2015 (UTC)
Not in an ethical sense. The outcome is the same, in that a person dies, but in one case they take their own life, and in the other someone else takes their life. The difference in ethics between you taking your own life, and you taking someone else's life, is significant, even if the outcomes are similar. - Bilby (talk) 13:11, 27 February 2016 (UTC)

Euthanasia Debate — slippery slope[edit]

The slippery slope is a common argument against euthanasia, where the convenience of killing off a patient that did not request death would outweigh the otherwise requested assisted suicides. However, annual death certificate studies in the Netherlands showed a trend of the opposite circumstance occurring. Table 1 (from Rietjens, J., van der Maas, P., Onwuteaka-Philipsen, B., van Delden, J., & van der Heide, A. (2009). Two Decades of Research on Euthanasia from the Netherlands. What Have We Learnt and What Questions Remain?. Journal Of Bioethical Inquiry, 6(3), 271-283. ). This Bioethical inquiry conducted between the years 1990 and 2005 by Springer, displays a sloping trend of euthanasia, a plateau of assisted suicide, and a decline in lives ended without explicit patient request. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tjoxlol (talkcontribs)

You may wish to add that to this article: Euthanasia and the slippery slope Ratel (talk) 00:14, 21 April 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 16 June 2016[edit]

This link is outdated: Physician assisted death from The Hastings Center

Please update to this link:

Thank you!

Jamesdonegan (talk) 14:37, 16 June 2016 (UTC)

Pictogram voting wait.svg Already done Seems like you've performed the edit yourself. st170etalk 15:13, 16 June 2016 (UTC)

In California beginning uno 2016, California enacted legislation to allow physician assisted euthanasia. See below for the form. (H&SC is the Health and Safety Code).

H.&S.C. §443.11. (a) A request for an aid-in-dying drug as authorized by this part shall be in the following form:

Request for an Aid-In-Dying Drug to End My Life in a Humane and Dignified Manner

I, ._____________, am an adult of sound mind and a resident of the State of California.

I am suffering from __________, which my attending physician has determined is in its terminal phase and which has been medically confirmed.

I have been fully informed of my diagnosis and prognosis, the nature of the aid-in-dying drug to be prescribed and potential associated risks, the expected result, and the feasible alternatives or additional treatment options, including comfort care, hospice care, palliative care, and pain control.

I request that my attending physician prescribe an aid-in-dying drug that will end my life in a humane and dignified manner if I choose to take it, and I authorize my attending physician to contact any pharmacist about my request.

INITIAL ONE: _____ I have informed one or more members of my family of my decision and taken their opinions into consideration. ____ I have decided not to inform my family of my decision. _____ I have no family to inform of my decision.

I understand that I have the right to withdraw or rescind this request at any time.

I understand the full import of this request and I expect to die if I take the aid-in-dying drug to be prescribed. My attending physician has counseled me about the possibility that my death may not be immediately upon the consumption of the drug.

I make this request voluntarily, without reservation, and without being coerced.

Dated: _____________ Signed: ___________________________

Declaration of Witnesses

We declare that the person signing this request: (a) is personally known to us or has provided proof of identity; (b) voluntarily signed this request in our presence; (c) is an individual whom we believe to be of sound mind and not under duress, fraud, or undue influence; and (d) is not an individual for whom either of us is the attending physician, consulting physician, or mental health specialist.

Dated: _____________ Signed (Witness #1): _______________________ Dated: _____________ Signed (Witness #2): _______________________

NOTE: Only one of the two witnesses may be a relative (by blood, marriage, registered domestic partnership, or adoption) of the person signing this request or be entitled to a portion of the person’s estate upon death. Only one of the two witnesses may own, operate, or be employed at a health care facility where the person is a patient or resident. (talk) 05:11, 24 July 2016 (UTC)Ted Gordon July 23, 2016