mercy killing


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mercy killing

n.
Euthanasia.

mercy killing

n
(Medicine) another term for euthanasia

eu•tha•na•sia

(ˌyu θəˈneɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə)

n.
Also called mercy killing. the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by withholding medical measures from a person or animal suffering from an incurable, esp. a painful, disease or condition.
[1640–50; < New Latin < Greek euthanasía easy death]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mercy killing - the act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from an incurable illness)mercy killing - the act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from an incurable illness)
kill, putting to death, killing - the act of terminating a life
Translations

mercy killing

neutanasia

mercy killing

n eutanasia, muerte piadosa
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In Holland, voluntary euthanasia has been decriminalised since 1984 - but there are strict rules and mercy killings can only be carried out at the patient's "explicit request" and when there is "intolerable suffering without prospect of improvement".
In a July 2 radio interview Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, CDF's Secretary, spoke about the differences between Church teaching on abortion and Church teaching on euthanasia or socalled mercy killing.
The book gives about equal emphasis to abortion, the death penalty, mercy killing, and new reproductive technologies, and never even mentions contraception.
While saying he accepted the Association's response entirely and stressing all killings were serious, he repeated his remarks that there could be mercy killings of Down's Syndrome sufferers.
But her father closely met the criteria Saldivar allegedly told police he used for mercy killings - they had to be unconscious, they had to have a ``do not resuscitate order'' and they had to ``look like they were ready to die'' - so the possibility he was a victim will always nag her, Bonasera said.
Lord Falconer told Radio 4's Today: "The law can never condone mercy killing .
The WAC's scheduled self-destruction is looking more like a mercy killing these days than a trampling of tradition.
A FORMER SAS trooper who admitted the mercy killing of his disabled son lived a depraved life with his sex-crazed wife.
He denies murder but admits manslaughter due to diminished responsibility, claiming it was a mercy killing.
Wragg, 38, of Worthing, West Sussex, denies murder, claiming a mercy killing.
12 (ANI): A mother-daughter duo suffering from Muscular Dystrophy embarked on a hunger strike demanding assistance from the Centre for medical treatment or permission to undergo euthanasia or mercy killing.
AN Australian state has taken a step towards allowing voluntary euthanasia, 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy killing law.