Family Law

Family Law
I would like to discuss in this paper one difficult in moral sense situation connected with person’s life. First of all it is necessary to describe the situation in some details and then it will be possible to show own reaction on assumed situation and find out the rationale for me decision.

Thinking about situation it is necessary to emphasize that my uncle was diagnosed with terminal illness and he has not signed any advance directive in respect to his medical treatment. These two facts are very important in this situation and basing on them doctors are thinking about discontinue all life-sustaining measures. In my opinion I have no moral right to allow doctors to discontinue my uncle’s life. I agree with the fact that the questions of life and death are straight related to the traditional and modern hodegetics, they stand also on verge of medicine and Christian moral. Thinking about this fact I could say that the problem of euthanasia was formulated in deep antiquity, and already then it caused numerous debates among physicians, philosophers and lawyers. Attitude toward the mercy killing of incurably sick people, even with the purpose of stopping of person’s suffering, never was unequivocal. I understand that as uncle’s close relative I could make a decision about euthanasia, but in my opinion it will be wrong decision. Every person has a right to life and nobody can deprive somebody of somebody's rights.

Considering this question in legal sense I should say that the process of euthanasia is regulated by the very hard set of rules. There must be a less than half a year of life a patient; two doctors must acknowledge his responsible and mentally capable to the acceptance of so serious decision. In addition, during a certain period a patient must present a minimum one writing and two verbal requirements. As it was above mentioned, in our situation my uncle has not signed any advance directive in respect to his medical treatment and I have no moral right to atop my uncle’s life.

Thus, taking into account all above discussed facts it is possible to come to the conclusion that a main and really undecided ethics problem gets up in regard to patients, who are unable independently to make decision about stopping of own life: being in a coma, mentally inferior, including suffering a senile marasmus, and also quite little children. I think that the main task of healthy man (I mean relative) consists in that, to divide pain with dying, and in some cases to undertake this pain. It is difficult, but it is necessary and possible.

References:

Brock, D. (2992). “Voluntary Active Euthanasia.” The Hastings Center Report, Vol. 22.
Keown, J. (2002). Euthanasia, Ethics, and Public Policy: An Argument against Legalisation. Cambridge University Press.

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