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Whys it legal to let someone "pull the plug", but they can't commit suicide?

#11atmasabrPosted 3/13/2013 9:02:18 PM
Morally I do not see much of a distinction.

Legally it has at least some of its roots in constitutional protections against unwanted medicine. You have a right to decide what gets put in your body, and that extends into unwanted bodily intrusions.

Consider that a big part of whether or not someone will agree to a DNR, to allow or discontinue "extraordinary" life-saving measures has to do with their religious beliefs. There are religious beliefs that say refusing medical intervention is suicide and a sin. There are others that say accepting such invasive measures is a violation of purity. If one is an adult who is competent to make their own decisions, these beliefs enjoy a lot of deference.
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#12TaiIs82Posted 3/14/2013 10:36:16 AM
Because our laws are flawed.
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