Euthanasia and Assisted Dying Rates Are Soaring. But Where Are They Legal?

July 16, 2019

(The Guardian) – What’s the difference between euthanasia, assisted dying and assisted suicide? “The main difference between euthanasia and assisted suicide is who performs the final, fatal act,” said Richard Huxtable, professor of medical ethics and law at the University of Bristol. Euthanasia refers to active steps taken to end someone’s life to stop their suffering and the “final deed” is undertaken by someone other than the individual, for example a doctor. If the person concerned has requested this, it falls under the term “voluntary euthanasia”.