The Right to Die

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The Right to Die Is the phrase “right to die” applicable as a right? Leon R. Kass believes that the claim of a “right to die” is insubstantial because of the precursors pertaining to the meaning of rights. Leon R. Kass believes that the right to die is an ineffectual statement and unprecedented, that it is portrayed as a civil duty to which all should be in unison because Euthanasia is after all “Mercy Killing”. Right!? This case delves into the moral domain, within which it derives it’s relevance to the subject of Bioethics, Euthanasia is a popular subject that health care professionals, lawyers and theologians have dealt with for a long time. While it is an extreme and exceptional case to support and argue in favor of, euthanasia among health care professionals and lay public, it becomes more and more common to see supporters of this act especially among health care professionals. Leon R. Kass is trying is trying to convince people that the issues of Euthanasia connected to the concept of rights are incomprehensible. Leon R. Kass states that taken literally, a right to die would denote merely a right to the inevitable; the certainty of death for all the lives is the touchstone of fated inevitability. The reason that these issues have come about is because of the growing technological advances in the medical field. People fear that their lives will end undignified elongation of life, years of reduced far below ordinary standards of civilized life and conduct, of incompetence, and dependence. The people who claim this right believe that a human has the right to live, and that same human should have the right to die under specified conditions of course. Leon R. Kass states that a right to die is increasingly ... ... middle of paper ... ...know that diagnosis and prognosis of a disease can be wrong. The “right to die may well become a “duty to die”. For instance, frail, disabled elderly people who are financial and emotional burdens on their families may feel some pressure to ask for euthanasia. Legalizing euthanasia has the potential to weaken and damage the relationship between patients and physicians. The relationship between the patient and the physician within the practice of medicine has been understood traditionally as a covenant or contract with rights on the part of the patient and duties on the part of the physician. The primary duty of the physician in this relationship is, in fact, negative duty to do no harm. It also follows from this, that the physician has the duty of beneficence. In or modernity the physicians duty of beneficence has succumb to the patient’s right to autonomy.

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