this case is it was later determined by medical experts that the fetus had absolutely no chance of survival and was already brain dead before the surgery took place (Thornton & Paltrow, 1991). This means that if given the cancer treatment she wished for; Carder may have survived her third bout of cancer. To conclude, having advance directives in place legally protects end of life decisions. Many of the issues concerning Terri Schiavo’s life could have been avoided if advance directives were there to enforce the decision to discontinue her life prolonging treatment. In Angela Carder’s case, the ethical issues related to her and her fetus’s life could have been avoided if her wishes would’ve been respected but unfortunately, the ruling of a woman’s right to informed consent was not put into place until after her death. Carder’s case, however, has paved the way
ADVANCE DIRECTIVES AND ISSUES SURROUNDING LIFE AND DEATH 5 for the women of today to have both their rights and decisions regarding their fetus’s life, protected (Stanford & Connor, 2019).
ADVANCE DIRECTIVES AND ISSUES SURROUNDING LIFE AND DEATH 6 References Stanford, C. C., & Connor, V. J. (2019). Ethics for health professionals (2nd ed) . Retrieved from /[email protected]:0 Thornton, T. E., & Paltrow, L. (1991). The rights of pregnant patients: Carder case brings bold policy initiatives. HealthSpan, 8 (5). Retrieved from Weijer C. (April 26, 2005). A death in the family: reflections on the Terri Schiavo case. CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne , 172 (9), 1197–1198. doi:10.1503/cmaj.050348
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