Suicide 2 - 6 Reasons for the Right to Die 3 Moral Reasons...

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6 Reasons for the Right to Die 3 Moral Reasons 1. Right to self-determination/ Self-ownership Applies to all for any reason 2. Well-being of individual: avoid extreme pain, unhappy life Applies to severely ill, disabled, depressed, lonely, destitute, etc. 3. Avoid life without dignity Applies to those with imminently destroyed agency, consciousness 3 Legal Reasons 1. Substantive due process (5th Amendment) 2. Precedent: Right to refuse medical treatment, including food, hydration 3. Precedent: Right to abortion
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For the State’s Right to Prohibit Suicide (Rehnquist opinion) 1. Substantive due process limited to liberties “deeply rooted” in U.S. tradition Suicide has long been prohibited by states 2. Right to refuse medical treatment based on right to avoid battery Battery = any unwanted touching No sweeping right to self-determination 3. Right to abortion includes limits to protect life State may restrict abortion to protect mother’s life
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Can the right to self-determination (autonomy) distinguish murder from suicide? Right to self-determination = claim that others must defer to one’s own judgments in matters concerning only oneself This grounds right to suicide only if the value of oneself = the value one places on oneself (subjective theory of value) But the subjective theory of value cannot ground a right to self-determination:
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Suicide 2 - 6 Reasons for the Right to Die 3 Moral Reasons...

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