Life, Death, and Politics: The Long Good-bye

TitleLife, Death, and Politics: The Long Good-bye
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsNoah, B
JournalJournal of Philosophy Science and Law
Date Published10/2003
ISSN Number1549-8549
KeywordsBIOETHICS , Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide , MEDICINE , NURSING
AbstractIt is well settled under Florida law that individuals have a right to refuse life-sustaining medical treatment. As recognized in judicial decisions and by statute, Florida’s law and its state constitution clearly support this right of refusal, even in the absence of a written advance directive.[1] The law is grounded in the ethical principle of autonomy that allows patients to retain control over their bodies. This ethical and legal right of bodily integrity does not disappear when patients become unable to express their wishes. Instead, the law permits a proxy decisionmaker to step in to articulate the desires of incapacitated patients. This article uses the case of Terri Schiavo to investigate issues of euthanasia.
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