The Moral Dilemmas Of Euthanasia

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Euthanasia is the act of a physician or other third party ending a patient 's life in response to severe, persistent and untreatable pain and suffering ( Morrow, 2016). Throughout the world we live in today this is a very touchy subject and has brought about a number of moral dilemmas, such as that people have a right to self-determination, and should definitely have the right to decide their own fate, or helping an individual with the knowing and accepting of their death is better than allowing them to continuously suffer. The main question surrounding this hot controversy is whether this process is ethical or not; should human beings have the right to decide on issues of life and death? When further looking into the different types …show more content…
The patient is unconscious and cannot make the important choice between living and dying, so a third party most likely family members makes the decision for them. An example would be Child Euthanasia. A child can be mentally/emotionally steady to make the decision, but according to some established laws they are considered not old enough to make such a decision, so someone else must do it on their behalf in regards to the law. Involuntary euthanasia is when euthanasia is performed against the patient’s will. This occurs when the person who dies had chosen to live but is killed anyway. This is known/usually seen as murder, but in some cases the killing would have been seen as an advantage for the person who had …show more content…
When it comes down to this form of euthanasia, many people disagree. Those in particular may be family members. If a patient is suffering badly and will no longer want to bear that pain they may give medical professionals the consent to perform this act. The issues that lie here is that life is important and Euthanasia might not be in a person 's best interests. Also many are against this for there are other forms of soothing care to avoid euthanasia as well as Euthanasia kind of exposes defenseless people to pressure to end their lives. For example the story of the young teenage girl named Jerika Bolden. Jerika has Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2, an incurable genetic disease that often claims lives before adolescence (Collar, 2016). She knew that her condition will only worsen and decide to live in hospice and live her final moments of life doing things that she loves. Her mother disagreed but she wanted to respect her daughter’s decision as well her bravery for doing such. The ethical issue of non-voluntary euthanasia is that it is not fair and shouldn’t be allowed for someone else to make a decision for a person who is incapable of doing so. This occurs when a person is too young, in a coma and etc. The ethical question that always arises is, is it moral to take away someone’s life without their knowing permission or consent, no matter what the situation may be?

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