Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Killing for one's "Best Interests"
The distinction between killing (act) and letting die (omission) is nuanced and controversial in ethics. It divides theorists into many different camps given its potential application and implications in medical scenarios. In a recent paper, published in the Journal of Medical Ethics (31 August 2016), Dr. Zoe B. Fritz of Warwick University proposes a way to determine whether we should actively kill an "incapacitous patient", i.e., a patient that is in a permanent vegetative state, in order to harvest their organs. READ MORE