•The first pillar is that not all treatments that prolong biological life are beneficial to the patient; the ethical distinction between mandatory and optional treatment has been provided by the Catholic tradition in its centuries-old distinction.
•The second pillar is the agreement that there is a difference between killing (active euthanasia) and allowing a patient to die. The third pillar is the law from the legal concept of the right to privacy, autonomy, and liberty.
•The third pillar has been interpreted to mean that patients that are capable of making their own decision may refuse treatment against the advice of their physician. The only other religion that has done this is the Jewish medical ethics. Taken together these three pillars will provide the foundation on which the present consensus concerning the moral and legal rightness of forgoing treatment has been built.
•Understanding the 3 Pillars
•Be familiar with the Catholic tradition & Jewish views on euthanasia
•Decisions by Competent Patents
•The Ethics of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia