Moral Dilemma Study - Euthanasia
Stephanie Rodrigues & Apurva Bachal
What is Euthanasia?
- MediLexicon defines Euthanasia as "A quiet, painless death" or "The intentional putting to death of a person with an incurable or painful disease intended as an act of mercy. "
- An example is giving a person who is suffering from a terminal illness, an overdose of their medication to save them from pain.
- Euthanasia was a prevalent practice from the start of medicine.
Types of Euthanasia
- Active Euthanasia: Where a doctor purposefully administers more medication than needed to preserve life
- Passive Euthanasia: Where a doctor does not administer the proper medications to preserve life
- Involuntary Euthanasia: Where the person with the illness does not give the consent, but is killed; can be considered murder in some cases
- Voluntary Euthanasia: Where the person with the illness gives the consent
- Non-voluntary Euthanasia: Where the person with the illness are unable to give the consent (ex. coma) and some one else makes the choice for them.
- Christians believe that all life is sacred and is given by God. No one posses the power or the right to take another life
- Buddhists are against Euthanasia, especially voluntary. Since they believe in Karma, a premature death alters their chance of their next life being better than the current
- Much like Christians, Sikhs believe that life is sacred and given from God. They believe that Euthanasia changes God's ultimate plan
- According to Judaism, it is against tradition to shorten a life in any way. They believe that it is unlawful to kill yourself or anyone else to escape pain
Should scientists be free to pursue their investigations regardless of potential risks?
Should they publicize every discovery they make?
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