The discussion of the essay is strictly related to active voluntary euthanasia. Euthanasia is “active” when performed by an act (Boetzkes and Waluchow 390). In other words, an action is done that speeds up the death of a dying person who is suffering intolerably. Euthanasia is “voluntary” when it is carried out at the patient’s request (Boetzkes and Waluchow 390). Voluntary-active.