Medical Law and Ethics

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Bartling v. Superior
Johnny Valentine
Rasmussen College

Author Note
This assignment is being submitted on August 19, 2012, for Carol Taylor’s M230 Medical Law and Ethics course.

In 1990, Dr. Jack Kevorkian became infamous for assisting individuals who were terminally ill with physician-assisted suicide. Many people frown upon this and even protest saying it’s inhumane. If a family member were on life support and only living because of the tubes connected to their body, what would you do? What if they wanted to die, to be free of pain and agony? What if the hospital they were in, not only denied them this right to die but kept them alive against their will? This was the situation in the court case of Bartling v. Superior Court. In this case, William Bartling, a mentally competent patient being of sound mind and body was put on artificial life support against his will. Before even coming to the Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Mr. Bartling was suffering from pulmonary emphysema, atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, coronary arteriosclerosis, an abdominal aneurysm and lung cancer ("Bartling v. Superior Court," 2012). He had many medical illnesses and refused the ventilator even knowing that doing such a thing would cause him to cease living quicker. Mr. Bartling asked many times for them to remove the ventilator and when they denied him this request, he attempted to take it out himself. He was at that time tied down and secured to prevent him from removing or attempting to remove it ("Bartling v. Superior Court," 2012). In my opinion, the hospital had no right to force the ventilator on him or deny him his request to take the ventilator out. This man had zero chance of living regardless and was competent enough to make a rational, sane decision. I think everyone should have a right to decide if they want to end their lives depending upon the situation. If someone wants to end their life and cause more damage than necessary doing so, such as...
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