Understanding 'Euthanasia' Across Various Medical Practices

Mitrović, Veselin (2020) Understanding 'Euthanasia' Across Various Medical Practices. In: Theories of the Self and Autonomy in Medical Ethics. The International Library of Bioethics (83). Springer International Publishing, Dordrecht, pp. 199-214. ISBN 978-3-030-56702-6 eBook ISBN 978-3-030-56703-3

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End-of-life decisions and assisted suicide аге often equated with 'euthanasia.' In everyday parlance of social actors, the term euthanasia is understood rather broadly, even lumped together with other medical procedures. Still, the рареr argues that 'intended merciful death,' whether we like the definition or not, ought not to bе equated with other practices. Although all of these medical procedures result in the destruction of potential or actual life, the reasons behind such actions could bе quite different from empathy ог mercy, making the acceptance and advocacy of а problematic definition and understanding of euthanasia the subject of ethical and social debates and analyses. When considering the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights, the debate stretches out to include also vulnerable groups in general, which in the contemporary context range from homeless persons and other marginalized groups to embryos created during IVF (in vitro fertilization). The paper presents two case studies, chosen from ten personal stories of former and cuпent IVF procedure patients . In all ten narratives, interlocutors equate abortion with embryo reduction, and both of those with euthanasia. The paper analyzes their perspective to embryos that were not implanted, as well as similarities and differences in their views regarding the activities in the cases of implanted embryos (twin and triplet pregnancies).

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: euthanasia, Univeгsal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights, in vitro fertilization, embryo reduction
Institutional centre: Centre for sociological research and anthropological research
Depositing User: Vesna Jovanović
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2021 22:41
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2021 22:41
URI: http://iriss.idn.org.rs/id/eprint/522

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