life support research paper due april 16

life support research paper due april 16 - "Why you...

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“Why you should pull the plug” The term “ 'Pulling the Plug' is a term commonly used to indicate the withdrawal of all life support including mechanical ventilation, intravenous fluids, and tube feeding for nutritional support when there is no hope of recovery” (“Pulling the”). One main concept that should be explored is the difference between letting someone die and euthanasia. Letting someone die is the act of just letting the course of life take its path. However, Professor Keown, senior lecturer at the University of Cambridge, defines it as “the active, intentional termination of a patient’s life by a doctor who thinks that death is a benefit to that patient…which he foresees will shorten the patient’s life.” (qtd. in Gregory 397). There are two main reasons why euthanasia should not be legalized. First, Euthanasia is violating laws. According to our U.S. Congress, any intentional harm towards a person’s autonomy is a violation of law and thus worthy of being sent to jail. Second, euthanasia is a deliberate action to kill a patient. Around the globe doctors are expected to heal and make patients healthier. However, with the legalization of euthanasia, doctors will no longer always do this, because they now will have a license to kill. First Argument: Murder is killing a person with premeditated malice. Any individual proven guilty of committing such a crime is usually condemned to many years of jail; sometimes (in some places) executed. If such laws exist, why would society want to allow the killing of another human being by withdrawing treatment or giving a lethal injection as a means of ending life? Objection: In such cases where what is left of a person is a vessel that may be functioning accordingly because of a machine, then do we ask ourselves the question if it's worth keeping it alive (Baird 87). Meaning that this so called person is no longer really “alive”, their personal function is what makes us human not our ability to stay alive with no sense of rationality. (Baird
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87). Take for example the case of a sick elderly women who had renal failure and other
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This note was uploaded on 09/03/2009 for the course HIST APUSH taught by Professor Bradshaw during the Spring '09 term at Saddleback.

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