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Bogdan Chiorean. On euthanasia in new borns - premises. Revista Romana de Bioetica, 6, 2008.

Abstract: The definition of death within the new context of biotechnology as well as the definition of euthanasia within the utilitarian society is problems that concern a multitude of areas such as medicine, theology, philosophy and anthropology. The euthanasia of newborns differs from that of adults, because the first case cannot benefit of the 'quality of life' argument. The author tries to demonstrate that the 'quality of life' argument invoked for adults and transformed in 'life without value' for newborns, it is false and unacceptable, because there cannot be a separation between axiology and life. Furthermore, the Declaration of Geneva in 1948, signed by the International Medical Association, bestows great responsibility over the medical act, mentioning that any healthy professional 'will maintain the greatest respect for human life starting from its beginnings'.

Keywords: bioethics, euthanasia, new-borns

Posted by Bogdan Chiorean

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