RGS6036.E1EX6 - Name Course RGS6036.E1 EXERCISE 6 1 The...

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Name: Course: RGS6036.E1 EXERCISE 6 1. The major ethical question in DAX'S CASE revolves around the right of a person to refuse medical treatment and be allowed ultimately to die. Each person involved in this case made his/her choice to ignore Dax's wishes and "treat" Dax. You are to write a paper explaining each of the following person's viewpoints and identifying the theory (from the 10 in Exercise 2) that most clearly defines the action that the person took with regard to Dax. Remember that you are not expressing your views here but rather the views of each of the participants. A. Dax's mother - Ada Cowart Ada Cowart was a religious woman who had deep belief in God and God’s laws. In the accident, she had lost her husband (Ray Cowart), “part” of her son (Dax Cowart) but she never lost her religious faith. She admitted that sometimes she had feelings that it would have been best if her son had died with her husband rather to see him suffering this way. However, as a mother, she believed that she couldn’t give up the life of her son and should be there to hold on to that life regardless of his son’s wishes. The natural tendency for a mother to help and protect her child helped Ada Cowart to do whatever was possible to keep Dax alive. Ada’s strong belief not only provided her support but it was one of the reasons why she made the choice against her
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against God’s laws. In addition, her religious belief turned paternalistic—that is in an active nonacquiescence form. The book explains that in this form, the paternalist refuses to accept a patient’s request for nonintervention on noninterference. Ada demonstrated a hard paternalism in her plea to values such as religious salvation. She was sure that her son had not yet made his peace with God and wanted him to “realize his responsibility to God and to realize what he should be doing.” She also felt that if treatments were to stop as her son wished, such choice would have been irretrievable after a certain point. If his wishes were granted, it would be harder to restart treatment effectively in case of a change of mind. I believe Ada Cowart’s decision could be related to the divine command theory which holds that morality depends on God’s teachings and that moral obligation consists in obedience to God’s commands. Ada’s moral obligation consisted in obedience to God’s command and therefore suicide and mercy killing were not an option. B. Dax's lawyer - Rex Houston Rex Houston played an essential role in Dax’s case. As Dax’s mother, Houston has a paternalistic position related to Dax’s choice to stop treatments. He played many roles that had a great impact on Dax Cowart’s life. First, for him, it was important that Dax pursued his lawsuit as a live plaintiff to be able to collect a considerable payment with the gas company. The lawsuit wouldn’t have been worth much if the client wasn’t alive. He worried about the negative effect
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This note was uploaded on 02/03/2011 for the course BUS 6036 taught by Professor Ivanov during the Spring '11 term at Dallas.

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RGS6036.E1EX6 - Name Course RGS6036.E1 EXERCISE 6 1 The...

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