Essay on Active Euthanasia with parental consent

2035 WordsMar 24, 20149 Pages
Case Study: Active Euthanasia with Parental Consent Euthanasia, the ‘mercy killing’, has definitely been one of the most difficult ethical dilemmas. Euthanasia is defined “an action or an omission, aimed at and causally implicated in, the death of another for her/his own sake” (Foot, 1997, as cited in Robert, 2004, p. 145). Euthanasia differs from murder, because the action causing the death is for the sake of the person to be killed. Someone might say that the person wanted to die anyway, so why ending his or her lives can be wrong? Is active euthanasia –acting to end the life of another- ever a right moral action? It is not an easy debate whether it is right or wrong to help end someone’s life. Some people might argue that…show more content…
Shouldn’t the parents have asked if what Andrea is experiencing is, in fact, absolutely terrible, before they decided that active euthanasia is best option for her (autonomy)? Just because she cannot be a moral agent that does not mean that her wishes and concerns are not important. With support from parents and health care team, the nine-year-old girl would definitely be able to express how she feels and what she would like to do. The two moral agents, the parents and the physician, seemed to have forgotten that the decision they are making was for Andrea. Resolution The best possible resolution for this case would be to, first, to identify what Andrea would want to do for her end of life care. When her condition was deteriorating but before the cardiac arrest, the parents, social workers, nurses, and the physician should assess Andrea’s pain and suffering, asking her to express what she thinks she would want in the end. Harrison et al. (1997) supports this argument, claiming, “Parents and physicians should not exclude children and adolescents from decision making without persuasive reasons.” “Physicians should ensure that good decisions are made on behalf of their child patients” (as in Boetzkes & Waluchow, 2000, p. 163). It was also argued that, children of primary-school age, like Andrea, can participate in medical decisions, indicating their
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