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Euthanasia? What is Right?

Paul Farmer, brings up very interesting points in this analysis of what human rights are in the medical field and if all people have the actual right to receive the same treatment as others, specifically focusing on the socioeconomic positioning of people. I also find it interesting that Paul Farmer specifically focuses on how when we are protecting human rights, we are protecting those who are most likely to have them violated, thus showing that the fight is for the constant need for equality. Such a continued fight indicates, at least to me, that as much as we can have a document professing, “all men are created equal,” we as social beings are not on the same page as documents.  Thomas Hobbes’s ideas of man, in terms of this greed driven human are in sense aspects of why ethnical dilemmas in areas such as medicine are so profound; mankind seeks the greed the glory and along the way dehumanizes groups in order to achieve those goals.

Access to human health care is a right, who is considered to have that right? Is one of the questions Paul Farmer has throughout this passage. To move away from human health care and more into the individual, can humans have control over their own bodies? One of the major bioethical problems causing up a storm in the world are the push for euthanasia for hospital patients in their quest to find peace within in their illness.  Euthanasia is the notion of ending life in order to relieve pain and suffering. Much of the controversy with this debate comes from physicians and scholars, some who state that Euthanasia allows a patient to be in control of ones life, while some state that such a freedom will distort the image of a physician as a healer. We can see trauma in both sides, while the patient is enduring their last days in death the family watches and endures the pain of watching the loved one slowly die. Meanwhile it is also traumatic to go about in saying goodbye and the factor of who control such a thing when the person is a vegetable? Ethics allows us to see both perspectives, and disallows us to make full judgment to the medical situation especially if it involves deaths. In such a case, decisions for Euthanasia, will eventually hurt one person whether it is the family because of the death of the patient, or the patient and their constant suffering.


2 responses to “Euthanasia? What is Right?

  1. These are the exact issues that Dr. Paul Farmer was talking about. Euthanasia is a topic dealing with the greed of industrialized countries and their excess in access to healthcare. Thousands and maybe millions of dollars are spent on such injections used in euthanasia, and in keeping people who are in a vegetative state alive. This is very selfish. This money could be spent otherwise on people who lack even the minimal resources to survive. Looking at it from a Christian perspective, people should not have the right to decide whether they want to die or not.

  2. I think if an an individual is in a hopeless state where he or she knows that there is no possible recovery for them, the choice of euthanasia should be there’s. We have so much wealth that we can choose to spend billions on healthcare preserving our loved ones in a state where they are still alive but barely so. On the other hand, there are millions of people in developing countries who have easily curable and treatable diseases that have no access to these treatments. In my opinion, keeping a loved one alive for the sake of their being alive, even if they may be in a vegetative state is selfish and unnecessary.

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