ETHC445 Week 3 Assignment: Course Project Milestone – Topic Selection and Discussion

This assignment is the first step in a three part project. You only need to focus on part one at this point. Each step will build on earlier steps. However, it is not a matter of providing a rough draft of all or even part of the entire project here in week three. That is, further steps might require completely new and original text.  At the same time, completing each step will aid you in completing a future step or future steps. And, you should use the same topic in all steps.

First, select a topic of moral controversy, debate, disagreement, and dispute, Examples of such topics are euthanasia, the death penalty, abortion, cloning, etc. You can pick any such topic. It need not be listed here.

Next, detail the positions of each side of the ethical debate. Note at least two moral reasons each side presents to show their view on the topic is correct.

Now, we want to evaluate these positions using the moral theories we studied this week:

  • What would an Ethical Egoist say about this topic? What side would the Ethical Egoist take? What would the Ethical Egoist say to justify their moral position? Is there a conflict between loyalty to self and to community relevant to your topic? If so, how so? Note what you feel is the best course of action.
  • What would a Social Contract Ethicist say about this topic? What side would the Social Contract Ethicist take? What would the Social Contract Ethicist say to justify their moral position? Does your topic involve a collision between personal obligations and national ones? If so, how so? Note what you feel is the best course of action.

Finally, reference and discuss any professional code of ethics relevant to your topic such as the AMA code for doctors, the ANA code for nurses, or any other pertinent professional code. State whether and how your chosen topic involves any conflicts between professional and familial duties.

Cite the textbook and incorporate outside sources, including citations.


Debate on legalization of euthanasia in the United States dates back in the early 1900s. Since then, the argument has caused a divide among the public, healthcare professionals, and policymakers. The debate gained momentum once again in the 1980s as Jacob Kevorkian, a pathologist, created newspaper adverts as a death counsellor(Dugdale, Lerner, & Callahan, 2019). He developed a device to self-administer lethal medication. In 1999, he was convicted for second-degree murder after he shared a video of himself administering the drug. The Supreme Court ruled in the Vacco v. Quill (1997) and Washington v. Glucksberg (1997) that the constitution does not protect the right to die or aid in dying (Dugdale, Lerner, & Callahan,2019). As such, it became the states mandate to decide on whether or not to legalize euthanasia and physician aided suicide. Oregon was the first state to legalize aid in dying in 1997. Since then, Maine, New Jersey, Hawai’i, the District of Columbia, California, and Colorado have also moved to legalize the practice. Still, the nation remains…Please click the icon to purchase the full answer at only $10