Ethical Issues in Persistent Vegetative State

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Ethical Issues in Persistent Vegetative State

Ethical Issues in Persistent Vegetative State

Questions have been raised regarding the termination of life. There are several positions regarding the same. When a patient experiences brain death, or persistent vegetative state, what should be done? This is a very serious ethical question. There are those who think that these states only create suffering, which is unnecessary, and therefore such patients should be not be continued with life support machines.

Ethical Issues in Persistent Vegetative State

Their arguments revolve around the issue of having to give pain reducing drugs, or the uses of life supporting machines, in order to prolong a painful life. On the other hand, there are those who believe that it is not in order for anyone to terminate the life of another under whatever circumstances. This view is particularly taken by the prolific members of society, including churches and some human rights activists.