Discussion Of The Morality Of Active Versus Passive Euthanasia

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I believe that Mr. Rachels would agree with my argument above. In his article titled “Active and Passive Euthanasia,” he explains two scenarios; a case involving a patient with incurable throat cancer, and another involving a baby with Down’s syndrome and a easily treatable intestinal blockage. Though these arguments cover a wide range of cases, they don’t appear to apply to Ms. Reese’s case. Throughout James Rachels’ discussion of the morality of active versus passive euthanasia, he fails to mention a case in which a patient is diagnosed with a disease that is untreatable, not life immediately threatening, and quite painless as the disease progresses. These characteristics are reminiscent of Alzheimer’s disease as Ms. Reese has been diagnosed. Based on small details, however, observed throughout the text, it appears that Mr. Rachels’ would side with my argument against Ms. Reese’s euthanasia. James Rachels’ article is quite concentred with the difference between active and passive euthanasia. In Ms. Reese’s case, the question is whether or not active euthanasia should be carried out per her request. Let’s discuss for a moment the possibility of passive euthanasia for Ms. Reese. As mentioned in the vignette, Alzheimer’s disease would most likely be a contributing factor to Ms. Reese’s eventually death. What this essentially means is that Ms. Reese is in no immediate danger. Over a relatively long period of time, Ms. Reese’s brain tissue will perhaps eventually deteriorate…

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