Euthanasia An Ethical Dilemma Awaiting Full Review Research Paper

Length: 3 pages Sources: 1+ Subject: Ethics and Morality Type: Research Paper Paper: #19060070 Related Topics: Ethical Dilemmas, Ethical Dilemma, Calculus, Assisted Suicide
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Collaborative Learning Community -- Analysis of an Ethical Dilemma

Collaborative Learning Community: Analysis of an Ethical Dilemma

Euthanasia and related ethical implications

Euthanasia, referred to as "mercy killing" in common parlance, is the action of ending the life of an individual suffering from painful and extended injury or illness (Center for Health Ethics, 2011). Euthanasia implies that another individual, excluding the patient carries out an action with the intention of ending the patient's life, for instance, a lethal dose of medicine being injected into the patient. It might be voluntary if the patient approves of it, involuntary if the patient says no to it, or even non-voluntary if the patient is unable to approve of it. In euthanasia, an individual makes the means of death available in addition to acting as death's direct agent (American Nurses Association, 2013).

Euthanasia is the act of putting the life of a patient to an end to rid them of their suffering. Normally, such patient would be terminally sick or going through immense pain and suffering.

The origin of the phrase "euthanasia" is the Greek words "eu" meaning good and "thanatos" meaning death. Its concept is that rather than condemning an individual to a slow, agonizing or undignified death, euthanasia would permit the patient to go through a somewhat "good death." "

Ethical Implications


Some of them are listed below.


Rights-based argument view

Supporters of the act maintain that a patient possesses the right to make the decision concerning how and when they should die (Bartels & Otlowski, 2010; (Kerridge, Lowe, & Stewart, 2009). This concept is known as autonomy.


Supporters of euthanasia communicate the view that the primary moral value of a society, mercy and empathy, necessitate that no patient should experience intolerable suffering, and mercy killing should be allowed (Norval & Gwyther, 2003).


The sanctity of life

This can be viewed from both a religious and a secular basis. The principal philosophy is that human life ought to be valued and preserved. From a Christian perspective, life is a gift from God, who must not be upset by taking it away. Likewise, according to the Islamic faith it is only God who possesses the right to give and take away life (Bulow, et al., 2008)."

Abuse of autonomy and human rights

The voluntary ending of the conditions needed for autonomy is prohibited by the principle of autonomy. In addition, it has also been said that patient's demand for euthanasia are seldom independent, since majority of the terminally ill patients might not be of sound mind and capable of taking important decisions on their own accord (Ebrahimi, 2012).

Obligations to your profession and work as a nurse

Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements Provision 1, Interpretive Statement 1.3 of The…

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