In the United States, death is mostly avoided at all costs, making euthanasia a highly controversial topic. The two distinct types of euthanasia in the United States are active and passive euthanasia. This paper examines the moral permissibility of active and passive euthanasia using a rule-utilitarian framework. The rule-utilitarian approach focuses on consistently following a set rule that leads to the most beneficial and moral outcome for all of those involved. More specifically, this paper argues that due to lack of moral distinction between active and passive euthanasia, both should be legalized. Furthermore, legalizing euthanasia allows for the greatest good for everyone involved by reducing suffering and burdens.



Publication Place

Tacoma, Washington


The University of Puget Sound