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Euthanasia Film Report: Million Dollar Baby

The Million Dollar Baby movie focuses around a young lady named Maggie and a amateur boxing trainer. The whole movie is based around the career of both characters, and the issue of euthanasia comes into play during the last part of the movie. Another opponent illegally hits the boxer, Maggie, and Maggie then hits her head on the stool, and subsequently, she is paralyzed from the neck down. The issues of euthanasia becomes an issue when Maggie gets tired of being in a vegetative state after the productive life she had been living as a boxer. Dunn her trainer gets into a conversation with Maggie, this turns into an issue of whether or not she wanted to live beyond her natural life. She argued that she was only alive because of the respirators, and that she had lived life to the fullest already. Dunn, a Catholic, disagrees with actively or passively letting her die. In all, his faith is conflicted with his understanding of the pain she was going through. He was empathetic with her state of quadriplegia. She was discontented but could not kill herself, so she tried to bite her tongue as a way to bleed herself to death. Many topics discussed in class about euthanasia were brought up in the movie. For example, did Maggie have a personhood while in her state, or would helping Maggie die faster would that be active or passive? Dunn, finally unplugs Maggie’s respirator, and injects a lot of adrenaline into her arms. Did Dunn respect the dignity of Maggie’s person by assisting her sped up death? I do believe that Dunn did actively kill Maggie but it was in Maggie’s verbal consent that she allowed him to assist her in her death. Dunn did respect her person because he did not actively kill her in a heinous crime but through a quick death via adrenaline. Though she may have suffocated somewhat beforehand,…...

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