Moral Dilemmas and Dr. Jack: Who Decides?

Walker, Lewis J.
August 1996
Journal of Financial Planning;Aug1996, Vol. 9 Issue 4, p30
Academic Journal
The article discusses the moral dilemmas faced by doctors in medical cases. Clinical ethics is becoming important day by day. The Emrory University Medical School in Atlanta has even introduced a new course in clinical ethics for third-year medical students. The course touches on issues such as medicine versus religion, a woman's rights versus the rights of the unborn child, physician assisted suicide and life support. One of the issue, abortion, has long been about "rights"-the rights of a mother versus the rights of a fetus. But when "rights" collide with "beliefs" in the form of moral dilemmas, public policy debates offer quandaries of a perplexing, emotional and divisive nature. Federal courts are applying arguments developed in abortion decisions to cases involving doctor-assisted suicide. A link is being made between rights involving the beginning and ending of life. In May 1996, physician Jack Kevorkian was acquitted for the third time in cases involving assisted suicides.


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