Euthanasi A Moral Dilemma Essay
University of the People
This paper is being submitted on March 16, for
PHIL 1404: Ethics and Social Responsibility
Unit 7 – Bioethics and Medical Ethics Euthanasia is the humane and compassionate act of ending a person’s life because their immediate physical circumstance is so bad that death would be a blessing. This discussion is about voluntary euthanasia, where a terminally ill person requests assistance in dying and the moral dilemma it holds ("Voluntary Euthanasia (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)," 2014) A moral dilemma occurs where there are mutually exclusive moral actions to take in a given situation ("Moral Dilemmas (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)," 2002). Voluntary euthanasia is an example of a moral dilemma because helping someone end his or her pain and suffering through assisted suicide contradicts the moral standard of do not kill. Voluntary euthanasia is not to be taken lightly and is not warranted simply because people are depressed or have a hard life. Normative ethics would consider voluntary euthanasia a moral dilemma when the situation was hopeless with nothing left to do but watch a person die in agony even though the patient is ready to give up the fight and move on.
One area of normative ethics is deontological or duty-theories. Duty theories base morality on specific principles of obligations or duties to humanity and focus on the intent rather than the consequence. They are…