Deontology

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Deontology comes from the Greek work for obligation or duty. (Mosser, 2013) Deontology sits in the normative category because it ignores the acts consequences while justifying if the act is good, bad, right, wrong or stays neutral. Deontology focuses on the duty and obligation you have to act in the right manner and not focus on the consequence of your action. According to deontology those that are in danger of loss of life they should not pull the plug or remove ones self from life support equipment because the morality of the decision will be judged on the morality of the action not the consequence.

When applying deontology end of life medical issues then there is only a right or a wrong action, there is no middle ground. Removal of life support is therefore either right or wrong. Absolute deontologists would sat that a good way to look at this act would be to not focus on intentions or consequences but instead only focus on the act itself. The act of terminating life support or pulling the plug and euthanasia ends a life. Ending a life is called murder whether it was voluntary or not. It is the act that is judged not the intentions or consequence. If a person tries to end their own life via whatever means they choose is still murder but its called suicide. Murder and suicide and even attempted suicide are all bad words that have no good things stemming from them no matter how you could twist the definition. These words are considered bad because they are and it takes an act to make them real. Terminating a human life is wrong according to deontology and not ethical. It is wrong no matter what the consequence, intention or reason. The end of a person’s life should be decided by God and only God because it was his action that started the life in the first place.
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