State Interests in Terminating Medical Treatment
Blake, David C.
Hastings Center Report. 1989 May/Jun; 19(3): 5-13.
Judicial reasoning in termination of treatment decisions has neglected valid state interests in the preservation of life and the ethical integrity of medicine. Courts must balance these interests against individual liberty, rather than assuming that patient autonomy is absolute.
Allowing to Die; Autonomy; Conscience; Cultural Pluralism; Decision Making; Ethical Relativism; Ethics; Judicial Action; Legal Aspects; Legal Rights; Life; Medicine; Moral Policy; Obligations of Society; Patients; Physicians; Review; Right to Die; Rights; Social Impact; State Interest; Treatment Refusal; Termination of Treatment; Value of Life; Values; Withholding Treatment;