Euthanasia Should Not Be Made About Treatment And Medical Interventions

1441 Words Dec 7th, 2016 6 Pages
At end-of-life, there are many important decisions to be made about treatment and medical interventions. While most of these decisions are extremely difficult to make, it is also important to understand whether the final decision was ethically justified or not. In the case of Mrs. S., her doctor’s decision and intentions must be reviewed in order to determine if he made an ethically justified decision with her care. Yet before it can be determined whether or not Dr. K. was ethically justified it must be determined if he performed involuntary euthanasia. For the purpose of determining if Dr. K.’s actions can be considered involuntary euthanasia, it is essential to define this term. Euthanasia is defined as “an act or omission which of itself or by intention causes death, with the purpose of eliminating all suffering” (Heng, 2016). Additionally, involuntary euthanasia is when euthanasia is performed without consent from the patient. Therefore in order to perform involuntary euthanasia, Dr. K.’s actions must have had the intention of causing death, without the patient’s consent. Yet further exploration is needed before it is determined if Dr. K. performed involuntary euthanasia. In order to understand whether or not Dr. K. performed involuntary euthanasia, it is important to consider the difference between killing the patient and allowing a patient to die. Killing is an act where a new lethal pathology is introduced with the intention of causing death (Sulmasy, 1998, p. 57).…

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