Killing and Allowing to Die in Medical Practice
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1984 Jun; 10(2): 82-87.
The moral distinction between acts and omissions is examined in the context of killing versus allowing to die. Both utilitarianism and human-rights-based moral theory are explored as modes of ethical decision making. This analysis is then applied to the issue of selecting some handicapped newborns for active treatment while allowing others to die. Selective treatment as it is now practiced is seen as morally equivalent to infanticide. (KIE abstract)
Abortion; Active Euthanasia; Adults; Allowing to Die; Artificial Feeding; Congenital Disorders; Decision Making; Ethical Analysis; Ethics; Euthanasia; Human Rights; Infanticide; Infants; Killing; Life; Newborns; Quality of Life; Rights; Selection for Treatment; Utilitarianism; Value of Life; Withholding Treatment;