The term euthanasia in the earlier sense of supporting someone as they died, was used for the first time by Francis Bacon . In his work, Euthanasia medica , he chose this ancient Greek word and, in doing so, distinguished between euthanasia interior , the preparation of the soul for death, and euthanasia exterior , which was intended to make the end of life easier and painless, in exceptional circumstances by shortening life. That the ancient meaning of an easy death came to the fore again in the early modern period can be seen from its definition in the 18th century Zedlers Universallexikon :
The arguments seeking to limit end-of-life options do not hold up. Despite the opposition’s characterization of the laws, medical aid-in-dying strives only to extend the right to self-determination in both sickness and in health. The decisions people make define them throughout their lives; this authority should not be denied as they near death. A right as fundamental as personal autonomy should not be left up to geography—all terminally ill individuals should have the same options as those living in Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Montana, (and now) California.