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Redefining Parenthood and Protecting Embryos: Why We Need New Laws
Artificial methods of reproduction have raised profound social and ethical issues touching on the nature of family relationships and the value of the human embryo. Artificial insemination by donor has been handled ...
The Case of Mary Hier: When Substituted Judgment Becomes Sleight of Hand
Mary Hier, a 92-year old, institutionalized mentally ill woman, had pulled out her gastric feeding tube, resisted its reinsertion, and objected to receiving injections of Thorazine. Using the substituted judgment doctrine, ...
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Organ Sales
Annas reviews the uncertain legal status of the sale of nonvital organs by living donors. Arguments in favor of such sales are that the supply of organs would be increased and that individuals should have the right to ...
Prisoner in the ICU: The Tragedy of William Bartling
A California Superior Court judge denied the request of William Bartling, a 70-year-old competent patient suffering from several potentially fatal disorders, to have the court order the hospital to withdraw his life-sustaining ...
Physician's Responsibility Toward the Hopelessly Ill