Unformatted text preview: didn’t 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 Her guardians requested that fluids and nutrition be withdrawn.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 everyone’s 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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- Spring '08
- Persistent vegetative state, Karen Ann Quinlan