Non-Maleficence in Euthanasia Non-maleficence is an important principle in healthcare since it aims at protecting the welling of the patients. Medical practitioners are obligated to ensure that the treatment they accord to patients is as painless as possible since its main objective is to ease a patient’s misery. In this regard, advancement in medicine has led to the introduction of a painless way to perform euthanasia, which mostly involve injections (Omonzejele, 2005). In countries, where euthanasia is legalized, medical personnel uphold the principle. In the movie, Frankie violated the principle by injecting dangerous levels of adrenaline into Maggie’s system and leaving her to die. He manages to kill her but she dies a painful death, which should not happen were it to be performed professionally. Beneficience of Euthanasia Viewing euthanasia as an act of beneficience raises controversies based on the dimension. Those who support it view it positively but those who oppose it view it negatively. Typically, euthanasia is justified in some situations, especially when the condition a patient is suffering from is incurable and cause them intense pain and suffering (Ko, 2010). Maggie euthanasia was an act of beneficience since her condition was incurable and she was experiencing a lot of physical and emotional pain, which made lose the willingness to live. She attempted suicide severally but failed since the nurses attending to her saved her. However, Frankie’s ruthless act relieved her misery.
EUTHANASIA “MILLION DOLLAR BABY” 5 Justification of Euthanasia Euthanasia is defensible in some instances looking at the health condition of the patient and the financial burden he or she is to live for their guardians. From a patient’s perspective, it not point of letting a patient undergo unbearable pain and suffering yet their condition is incurable (Pirani & Badruddin, 2015). Moreover, it no point of letting a patient accumulate hefty medical bills knowing he or she will not recover from his or her condition. Euthanasia should be legalized but should only be performed under stringent instructions to avoid misuse. Maggie’s euthanasia was justified although it was performed in an unprofessional way. She was suffering intensely yet no treatment could cure her condition.
- Fall '19
- Ethics, Suffering, Maggie euthanasia