By Norman L. Cantor

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"Cantor develops a cautious and available ethic of autonomy and dignity concerning forgoing life-prolonging clinical treatment... " ―Ethics

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Cantor examines the scientific, criminal, and ethical concerns surrounding strengthen scientific directives―those units geared toward controlling scientific intervention through the loss of life procedure after the sufferer is not any longer competent.

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On the topic of tributed to the That in the absence of a patient's prior expressions life-sustaining medical intervention, now incompetent Self-determination, though, have surfaced is, in patient. is no genuine choice can be at- ^^ not the only constitutional interest which could Cruzan. The practical effect of Missouri's legal framework was to relegate to an indefinite limbo every incompetent patient who had not left prior Advance Directives and the Pursuit of Death with Dignity 32 Absent prior expressions, Missouri mandated continued instructions.

A decision to resist life-preserving medical intervention involves important elements of both bodily integrity (resisting bodily invasions) and self-determination (shaping one's dying process). ^ It was inherent in the recognition of informed consent in the context of medical care that the patient would sometimes choose to motive in rejecting critical die. Often, the patient's medical intervention was distaste for the prospect of a gravely (Among debilitated existence. ) Such refusal of medical intervention might well entail a suicide-like thought or state of mind.

In that context, the competent patient's dignity will impel courts nutrition is knowingly declined by wearied chronic patients. This approach might well prevail in the future even where hunger-striking prisoners are involved (so long as they are not seeking to exert coercion on administrators or others). That is, the revulsion toward forced administration of nutrition against the considered will of competent individuals may well overcome the moral qualms about acquiescing in a form of passive suicide.

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