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Health practitioners are faced with many ethical issues. These issues are very challenging and occur on a daily basis. Some of the issues are controversial because they leave people with many thoughts and ideas either in support or against. Some of these issues have an impact in the society which is either negative or positive. This is because they have helped the society and the legal system and the health care system. This is because they value life and their main aim is to protect the life and well being of people in all aspects. This will be an analysis of ethical issues and their relation to the cycle of life. The cycle begins from beginning of life, to sustaining and improving quality of life and ends with death and dying. In each cycle there are controversial issues involved (Meilaender, 2013).

In the beginning of life there are various ethical issues that are relating to it. They are family planning, abortion and prenatal ethics. This paper will only focus on abortion. It is described as the intentional termination of a pregnancy before a baby is born. To many people, it is termed as an unethical practice. It is said that abortion is first degree murder and anyone caught in the act should be prosecuted. The main problem is that health care practitioners are the ones who help women have abortions. They do this criminal act at a small fee. This shows that both the person having the abortion and the health care practitioner do not respect life. They are terminating a pregnancy which means they have killed and innocent life (Maier, & Shibles, 2011).

There are some cases where abortion can be legal. This is when a doctor prescribes it only and only if the child or the mother’s life is in danger. This is the only time when abortion is legalized. Abortion brings about many ethical issues. They can either be positive or negative. The negative effects outdo the positive ones because they do not respect the value of life (Meilaender, 2013).

In terms of improving and sustaining the quality of life, there are ethical issues that are involved. In this part the focus will be on organ transplant. It is defined as the transfer of one organ form the bid of one person to another. This happens when the patient is in need of a certain organ to help them sustain and improve their life. These organs are obtained from donors. They offer to donate these organs to help other people. Some of these people end up dying because they cannot survive without them. Some of them are heart and liver. There are instance when doctors forcefully take these organs by lying to the donor. In as much as they are trying to save lives, it is unethical how they get the organs to transplant. At times there are organs that can be transplanted but they hide that the organs are not available. This leads to death of the patients. It is their ethical obligation to help people sustain their lives and also to give a quality life. Once they have denied a person the chance to live by not giving an organ, it means that it is difficult for them. When person die sin the process of a transplant, it also means that the doctors were not ethical enough (Maier, & Shibles, 2011).

Death and dying also has some various ethical issues. One of the issues is euthanasia. This is the deliberate termination of life by a health practitioner. This happens when a patient is very sick and has no hope of recovering. It is done on the consent of the patient or healthcare practitioners. This is a very controversial ethical issue. This is because no matter what name it is given, it is still murder. No one has the authority to take some one’s life. Others argue that it helps reduce the suffering of a very sick person (Jonsen, 2005).

There was a time my father required a kidney transplant. We all know that a person can do with only one kidney. All family members and other potential donors came to donate one of their kidneys. When all donors were tested, the doctor chose two possible donors form all of us, my elder brother and my cousin. After the transplant, may father developed complications. We were asking how that could be possible yet the donors were compatible. We later found out that the two kidneys that were donated were transplanted to other people and my father was given the wrong kidney. The doctors gave the two correct kidneys to other patients where they charged them a hefty amount. This was not ethical. The issue became as public issue and political leaders were involved in the case. They accused doctors of giving the wrong organs to their patients’ hen in search of money. The outcome was that my later would undergo another transplant and get a kidney form one of his relatives. To the patients who were given the kidneys, it was not fair to ask them to return (Ignacimuthu, 2009). All doctors who were involved in the case were arrested. Political leaders enforced a law which would see doctors with such behaviors pay for their crimes. I agree with the outcome because my father got well and the unethical doctors are in prison paying for their crimes.


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