The controversy of passive euthanasia (e.g. the withholding or withdrawing of life-sustaining treatments in patients that are either disabled or terminally ill) has been long-debated because, it has been argued, passive euthanasia violates the physician’s Hippocratic Oath to do no harm to the patient. This withholding or withdrawal can include one or more of the following: ventilators, feeding tubes, and life support. In this paper we will explore the major debate points of passive euthanasia in light of four ethical theories: utilitarianism, virtue ethics, Kantian, and evolutionary ethics.
Hulett, Jennifer and Peterson, Madeline
Dialogue & Nexus: Vol. 1
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.acu.edu/dialogue/vol1/iss1/6