Medical Law and Moral Rights

  • Carl Wellman
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Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 71)

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Introduction

Medical Law and Moral Rights discusses live issue arising in modern medical practice. Do patients undergoing intolerable irremediable suffering have a moral right to physician-assisted suicide? Ought they to have a comparable legal right? Do the moral duties of a mother to care for and not abuse her child also apply to her fetus? Ought fetuses to be given legal rights requiring pregnant women to submit to medical treatment without their consent? Ought single women, homosexual couples or persons carrying serious genetic defects to have a legal right to procreate? Ought a physician to perform an abortion requested for some frivolous reason? Ought physicians to be permitted to refuse to provide medically futile treatment demanded by their patients? An examination of relevant court cases shows how United States law answers these questions. The author then advocates improvements in the law to make it respect our moral rights more fully. To justify his conclusions, he proposes original conceptions of the human rights to life, procreational autonomy, privacy, equitable treatment and personal security. Thus, these essays test the usefulness of the theory of rights explained and defended in An Approach to Rights and elsewhere.

Keywords

autonomy human rights issue law morality

Authors and affiliations

  • Carl Wellman
    • 1
  1. 1.Washington UniversitySt.LouisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-3752-X
  • Copyright Information Springer 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-3751-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-3752-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-4395
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