mod 5 ethics in healthcare

mod 5 ethics in healthcare

In Belgium, where euthanasia has been legal for people over the age of 18 since 2002, the government is considering an amendment to the law to include children. This

is something that no other developed country has permitted (Belgium). The same bill would offer the right to die to adults with early dementia (Belgium). Advocates

argue that euthanasia for children, with the consent of their parents, is necessary to give families an option in a desperately painful situation (Belgium). However,

opponents have questioned whether children can reasonably decide to end their own lives (Belgium). In the last decade, the number of reported cases per year has risen

from 235 deaths in 2003 to 1,432 in 2012, the last year for which statistics are available (Belgium). Doctors typically give patients a powerful sedative before

injecting another drug to stop their heart. Only a few countries have legalized euthanasia or anything approaching it. In the Netherlands, euthanasia is legal under

specific circumstances and for children over the age of 12 with parental consent (there is an understanding that infants, too, can be euthanized, and that doctors will

not be prosecuted if they act appropriately) (Belgium). Elsewhere in Europe, euthanasia is only legal in Luxembourg. In the U.S., Oregon is the only state that

legalized physician-assisted suicide. Assisted suicide, where doctors help a patient to die but do not actively kill them, is allowed in Switzerland. Is it ethical for

healthcare professionals to support the practice of assisted suicide/euthanasia? Regardless of your personal view on the topic, please provide an argument which

supports, and then opposes the practice of assisted suicide/euthanasia. Be certain to support your positions with credible evidence.

In preparing your response, ensure that you properly in-text cite all sources used in the support of your stated positions and the example or examples you chose to

utilize. The response needs to be a minimum of 250 words. Also, you will need to include the references at the end of your posting.


Belgium considering controversial new euthanasia law for children. (October 31, 2013) Associated Press. Retrieved from:


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