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Sindoori Murugavel Sm24334 TA session time: Thursday 4-5p Reader Response #12 Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Euthanasia presents ethical issues for doctors, patients, family members, and moral philosophers. It is better to let them die if there was basically no hope for return to a normal healthy state. Is it justifiable to kill them? This concerns both rights and liberty. Does the patient have the right to die? (choose to die) In 1976, Supreme Court of New Jersey decided to allow the parents of Karen Ann Quinlan to remove her from a respirator. The court decided that Quinlan’s right to privacy gave her or her guardian the right to decide the course of her treatment. Eight years later, Supreme Court of Missouri reached the opposite verdict in a related case. The patient was “in a persistent vegetative state.” She
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Unformatted text preview: didnt require anything besides a feeding tube. Her guardians requested that fluids and nutrition be withdrawn. The court found no justification for this. J. Gay-Williams argued that euthanasia is wrong. it goes against everyones natural inclination to continue living. It is dangerous because we can never know that death is really preferable to continued living and also, people may choose death out of ignorance, a temporary feeling of hopelessness, or consideration for their families, and finally, euthanasia would lead to a lowered respect for life. On the other hand, James Rachels contends that mercy sometimes requires mercy killing, and also, the pain involved in terminal illness may be so great to bear that death is better. Death is better than prolonged suffering....
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