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Advances made in the field of mental health have resulted in the consistent increase of ethical debates and dilemmas Matters such as abortions of diagnosed mentally handicapped fetuses and the sterilization of mentally ill individuals are often discussed in medical deliberations The responsibility of determining a decision is often left to an ethical committee who reviews both argumenta positions and determines the best course of action This paper will delve into a particular ethical debate which is currently under national review The topic that will be examined is extrapolated from an article from the media It revolves around the dispute of an individual being held not criminally responsible on account of a supposed mental illness The purpose of this paper is to scrutinize the question of whether mentally ill individuals be not held criminally responsibly due to lack of criminal intent at the time of the act in which they committed The subjects that will be examined in the paper are a brief overview of the chosen article what being held not criminally responsible entails both affirmative and negative argumenta and my personal professional nursing practice evaluation extrapolated from the papers topic using Nursing Practice Standards with a focus on value conflictsBanerjees 2013 September 29 article of the trail of Guy Turcotte will be the focal point of this paper Turcotte a successful cardiologist in Quebec was married to Isabelle Gaston and together they had two children aged three and five years Banerjee 2013 September 29 Following the dissolution of his marriage in 2009 Turcotte attempted suicide via the ingestion of washer fluid and then went on to fatally stab of his and Gastons two young children 46 times Banerjee 2013 September 29 The public outrage that immediately followed was immense Unfortunately a far larger and more prolonged outcry would soon follow The defenses medical experts claimed that although Turcotte may had killed his children he did so without criminal intent due to a mental
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