Ethical Dilemma Essay

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Ethical Dilemma There are many ethical dilemmas that plague the medical field. One of them is Euthanasia or assisted suicide. A very good example or actually person who became infamous for this was Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Dr. Kevorkian was an advocate for assisted suicide. Dr. Kevorkian assisted in the death of 45-year-old Janet Adkins. Adkins was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and was an advocate for voluntary euthanasia in Michigan. After meeting Adkins and hearing her story, Dr. Kevorkian agreed to assist her in ending her life before the disease took full effect. After Adkins died and the public knew about her death Dr. Kevorkian made headlines as criminal. His medical license was suspended and the case was dismissed since there were no concrete laws in Michigan about assisted suicide. Ones the laws came into effect and Dr. Kevorkian was jailed twice following his assisted suicide campaign. The question is “Should physician-assisted suicide be allowed in some situations?” This is still an ongoing battle all over the U.S., deciding when it would be acceptable to help a person end their life. Some of the issues that face assisted suicide is complications that might happen when a person choses to end their lives mostly by ingesting a high dose of lethal drugs. Examples of these complications include vomiting as a person begins to lose consciousness which causes the patient to inhale the vomit. Feelings of terror, panic and assaultive behavior can occur from the drug-induced confusion. More so there are the complications of morality many people argue that no person has the right to take the life of another. That persons who request for death are induced by poor care and/or unrecognized psychological needs. For example, the American Medical Association has said: “. . . permitting physicians to engage in euthanasia would ultimately cause more harm than good.

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