Identifying Appropriate Decision-Makers and Standards for Decision
Pollock, Stewart G.
Law, Medicine and Health Care. 1991 Spring-Summer; 19(1-2): 63-65.
...I propose to look at the Cruzan case to see what it does and does not tell us about the identity of the decision-maker and the standard for decision-making in the termination of medical treatment cases. I shall first discuss some of the consequences of the Cruzan decision. I shall then consider the implications of the opinion for state courts and the development of state law. Those implications are profound, and as I shall discuss, consistent with our federalist system of government. In that system, the laws of the 50 states may vary. Although the results are occasionally untidy, history teaches that as a society we have benefitted from the vibrant diversity of the federalist system....
Allowing to Die; Competence; Consent; Decision Making; Family Members; Government; Government Regulation; Health; Law; Legal Aspects; Laws; Persistent Vegetative State; Regulation; Standards; State Government; State Interest; Supreme Court Decisions; Third Party Consent; Treatment Refusal; Withholding Treatment;
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