Tag: philosophy

The controversy surrounding the death of British toddler Alfie Evans, explained.

Alfie Evans, the terminally ill toddler at the heart of a heated legal battle in the UK, has died. Almost a year after the controversial case of sick child Charlie Gard rocked the UK, Evans’s case galvanized the nation and the world. Alfie Evans was a nearly 2-year-old British child with a mysterious, terminal degenerative […]

Are there any moral principles a health care professional should never violate?

On a regular basis, healthcare professionals are confronted with ethical dilemmas in their practice. Hence, ethical problem solving requires the application of a variety of ethical rules and principles in specific situations[1]. Although ethical theories largely differ from one another, certain ethical principles appear consistently in the realm of bioethics. Thereby, respect for individual autonomy […]

‘Does the fetus have any moral claims which could limit a pregnant woman’s freedom to abort?

  For such a “simple, routine and frequently performed operation,” the topic of abortion has been one of the most controversial procedures of our time (Jackson, 2001, p 72). Abortion is “the destruction of life after conception and before birth’,” and is bounded between non-conception at one end and infanticide at the other (Glover, 1977, […]