I need help with critical issue from the 21st century and argue the risk of adopting a stance of either ethical relativism or utilitarianism in regard to the chosen issue. Additionally, discuss how will, free will, and uninfluenced will would affect taking a stance on the chosen issue.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 25, 2018, 3:09 am ad1c9bdddf
Euthanasia is a hot ethical topic in the world of health care. There is a small distinction between physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. Euthanasia is someone, usually a medical professional, making a decision, to end someone's life peacefully and quietly. Euthanasia is more commonly referred to animals at the pound being put to sleep; for humans or animals killing them is better then they living with the pain (Weiss, 2009). They were in an accident or somehow can not speak or communicate; they will never wake-up or recover; and the quality of life is so poor they might be better being put to sleep. Physician-assisted suicide is when a person requests their doctor to give them something to end their life (Weiss, ...
Assisted suicide is a controversial topic in medicine today. Here is an example of differing opinions, and then an analysis of the ethical questions involved for patients.
1. 5 articles on assisted suicide
2. A summary of each article,
3. An equal balance of articles (e.g., 3-5 articles) on either side of the topic.
4. Complete citation for each article.
5. a short paragraph in which you summarize the article.
The main arguments and central assertions made by the author(s) .
Here is one summary
Assisted suicide, particularly in the health care context, exists amid a continuum of end-of-life interventions. Any analysis of the ethics of assisted suicide therefore must begin by making clear exactly what is at issue. Assisted suicide refers to making available to an individual the means (for example, pills or a weapon) to take his or her own life. Assisted suicide is distinguished from euthanasia in that it necessarily involves an individual who is capable physically of taking his or her own life and does so with means provided by another person. Euthanasia, on the other hand, refers to the situation where another person not only may provide the means but actually performs the specific act that causes an individual's death (for example, injecting a lethal dose of medication). Euthanasia may be voluntary (the individual has requested that another act to bring about his death) or involuntary (the individual is incapable of making such a request but death is deemed to be in his best interest) (Angell, 1997). No jurisdiction in the United States has legalized euthanasia.
The case of Washington v. Glucksberg, decided in 1997, sought to establish that dying patients have a constitutional right to end their lives with the assistance of a physician (Angell, 1997). The United States Supreme Court held that there is no such right under the 14th Amendment's guarantee of liberty. Nonetheless, the court noted that while states are not required to permit physician-assisted suicide, they are free to do so through their legislatures and/or courts if they so choose. To date, only the state of Oregon has passed a law legalizing physician-assisted suicide (the Oregon Death with Dignity Act).
thus all the scholarly texts for assisted suicide come from the state of Oregon.View Full Posting Details