The Terri Schiavo Case Study

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What legal impact did this case have on legislation? The Terri Shiavo case had a significant impact on legislation. After numerous appeals in the court regarding both removing as well as reinstating ANH (Artificial Nutrition and Hydration), the in 2003, the Florida House and Senate passed "Terri's Law" which for the first time in history granted permission to governor to direct a specific medical act be carried out on the patient. In 2004, the Florida Supreme court declared "Terri's Law" as retroactive legislation citing separation of powers and citizens' right to privacy as justification. What ethical issues were involved? The main ethical issue that was involved in the Terri Shivao case was whether administering Artificial Nutrition and Hydration was morally obligatory or optional. The other ethical issues that were involved were that of autonomy, beneficence and non maleficence. Was her autonomy permitted? Why or why not? The principle of autonomy focuses primarily on the concept of independence and values the ability of the individual to make rational and logical choices. For those individuals who are incapable of making sound decisions on their own, the standard of "substituted judgement" should be followed which describes the decision that the patient would make for themselves if they were mentally capable of doing so. Terri Shiavo would not have wanted herself to suffer the pain of her vegetative state, yet her husband, Michael Schiavo took many years to
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