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Terri Schiavo's Parents

Resource: "Terri Schiavo's Parents" news clip

View the CNN Pipeline news clip located on aXcess for Week Eight.

Post your response to the following: State your stance on the Terri Schiavo case, and identify the moral value judgment that influenced you to choose your stance.

An example of a stance is, "Terri Schiavo should have been allowed to live, despite her persistent vegetative state." An example of a moral value judgment is, "No person's death should be decided by another-people should die naturally."

An example of moral relativism could be that American culture accepts many religious standpoints, making it difficult for its citizens to agree on the religious morality of the issue brought to light by Terri Schiavo and her family.

Moore and Parker (2007) define utilitarianism as the belief that "...if an individual can feel pleasure and pain, then he or she deserves moral consideration" (p. 425). Consider that many proponents of both sides of the Shiavo case thought they had Terri's best interests in mind-a moral consideration.

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Hello,

Interesting and somewhat troubling case!

1. Post your response to the following: State your stance on the Terri Schiavo case, and identify the moral value judgment that influenced you to choose your stance.

I am wondering what your stance is on the Terri Schiavo case. Do you agree with the examples given above? To help you in this process, let's look at two opposing stances for you to consider, and then several examples of moral judgments. You can tweak them to fit with your own value system. I also attached the oath doctors make at graduation and the medical principles that should guide all medical decisions. It is an oath not to do harm to a patient and to promote healing and caring for patient to keep them alive, to value life.

Examples of two stances:

"Terri Schiavo should have been allowed to live, despite needing assistance to drink and to eat through a feeding tube."

Conversely,

"Terry Schiavo should have been allowed to die - her final should have been honored (e.g., assuming her husband was telling the truth that Terry had told him that ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses both side of the debates regarding the relevant moral and ethical issues related to the Terri Schiavo case, and how it relates to the rights of her parents.

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