Essay about Why Doctors Must Not Kill

1071 Words Dec 12th, 2016 5 Pages
At the end of life, decision making and care are important aspects of the delivery of patient-centered healthcare. Medical interventions have shaped the dying process, giving us options that can impact when, where and how we die. Intervening at the moment of death and during the dying process with medical care can sustain lives, even when there is little or no hope for recovery or a meaningful existence. However, such actions may be inconsistent with patient preferences and foster unwarranted variations in end-of-life practice patterns.
Kass ' article entitled "Why Doctors Must Not Kill” he argues that in no circumstance do doctors have the right to use either active or passive euthanasia as a form of treatment. His argument for his position is unfounded and inconclusive for the fact that he does not have enough factual information to substantiate his claim. Kass has several main points he uses to argue his claim. First is his claim that if doctors were given a "license to kill” (Kass) then doctors ' ethics would spiral out of control and doctors would begin euthanizing patients that did not necessarily want or need to be euthanized. His second major point is that doctors do not have the right to play God, by deciding a persons ' fate.
Kass arguges that doctors will begin performing unnecessary euthanizations is an unfounded standpoint. He believes that doctors will begin euthanizing patients that are "chronically but not terminally ill” or in some cases doctors will…

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