Option 1: Patient Rights – Euthanasia
For this option, you will take a look at the ethics surrounding euthanasia (intentionally ending a life to relieve pain or suffering) and the right to live versus right to die arguments that were present within the Teri Schiavo and Karen Ann Quinlan cases. Prior to beginning this discussion, view the Craig Ewert at Dignitas (Switzerland). Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., The Terri Schiavo Story (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., and the Euthanasia—Whose Life Is It, Anyway? (With Subs) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. videos and conduct research on the topic of euthanasia.
For your initial post, pick one of the cases (Craig Ewert, Teri Schiavo, or Karen Ann Quinlan) and one side of the argument (either right to live or right to die) and explain how you would have handled this particular case differently in order to protect the patient.