Self Determination And Euthanasia Essay

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A similar parallel can be drawn between the right to autonomy or self-determination and euthanasia or more specifically the right to death with dignity.
Cahill points in her book that many people who choose the right to death with dignity, are elderly, abandoned by their families and who feel that they are becoming only a burden to their loved ones. A major part that plays a role in choosing voluntary death is a financial strain and the inability to afford proper care. Many of the people who chose to die are elderly suffering with various diseases associated with advanced age, and the terminally ill. The first, often live alone forgotten by their loved ones who are busy living their lives, focused on their children, spouses, and careers. The
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In such views the idea of health entails the optimal functioning of the human person to meet physiological, psychological, social and the spiritual needs in an integrated manner. This Christian view of health more and more permeates the secular view of health under the title of a holistic approach. Its opinion holds that when one of the areas does not function properly or is not fulfilled, we become ill. Modern medicine recognized a slew of psychosomatic diseases that stem not from the malfunctioning of our physical body but rather of our mind and spirituality. For it, it becomes crucial to provide healthcare that encompasses and fulfills all of the named above needs. As I had mentioned above, another group of people seeking to end their life are those suffering from unrelieved pain caused by their terminal illness. They view the remnant of their life as a torture prolonging their suffering without relief, hope or future. Sometimes their suffering is so unbearable that they opt to end it resorting to currently sanctioned by the law in two states Oregon and Washington, the right to the death with dignity. They much like the mothers choosing abortions do not want to die. Their decision is not an easy one. Often it violates their religious views and beliefs, yet, their pain is so great that praying for forgiveness …show more content…
I can appreciate the struggles to arrive at an acceptable solution without violating the values of the Church as well as moral and ethical norms prevailing in health care. However, I have a difficulty accepting death resulting from the application of the "double effect" principle that is preferred by the Christian institutions over intentional and purposeful action to end one 's life. The " double effect law" accepts the death of a patient caused by purposeful administrations of sedatives to relieve pain, to be without evil, even though the person administering the medications knew that it will result in the patient 's death. Here, the intention to relief suffering outweighs and is disproportionally larger than the action that it caused; the patient 's death. I struggle to determine the nuances separating death from euthanasia and death caused by the application of the principle. In both cases the final result was death, in both cases, the intention was the relief of suffering and in both cases, the person administering the medication was aware of the consequences. Such practices, in my opinion, reflect covert ambivalence to choose one practice over the

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