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As mentioned above, this essay is a discussion of a scenario where the ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice come into play. These principles are also discussed in general. Autonomy is used as a means of determining peoples’ moral principles. Beneficence occurs when someone does something for someone else. Non-maleficence means doing no harm to others. Justice is the quality of being fair (The Atlantic Monthly 1997. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 1998 and The Christian Century 2000).
The lady in this particular medical case study has found herself in a serious predicament that many older individuals have to face at a certain time in their lives. She cannot speak, she needs a feeding tube, she will not take her medicine, and she is becoming increasingly dehydrated. It does not take a genius to tell that this lady wishes she would go ahead and move on from this human life than to be subjected to the type of treatment she is being given, even though the treatment in question is being given to save her life.
On one hand, the general public feels sorry for her, wishing she would somehow but gently be put out of her misery naturally and with no pain or illegal activities. On the other hand, the general public struggles with the idea that this lady may be better off is she is ‘helped’ out of her misery and allowed to move on, especially if it is her own personal wish to do so (Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 2000 and The Humanist 1996).
This is a rather complicated ethical matter, with many individuals teetering in the middle, refusing to make a choice one way or the other, and avoiding the whole question altogether unless, they had to face that own situation one day either with themselves or a loved one. No one wants to find him- or herself in a situation like that (Routledge 2001 and the Hastings Center