The Importance Of Give Us Medical Autonomy And Give Us Death

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Give Us Medical Autonomy or Give Us Death…
As teenagers we cannot wait to grow up, to be able to make all those “adult” choices and finally be able to do what you want. My generation and future generations are becoming more and more eager to “grow up” and have autonomy that it might actually have us miss out on key lessons of growing up; but one area that that we are not be able to grow into is the medical world. An article from The Health Affairs shows that medical issues are increasing more and more everyday, particularly correlated with obesity. (Strum et al., 2004) So being able to function efficiently and effectively in the medical world is sadly going to be a more needed skill. So what does this mean for us? Some might think that taking
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Dr. Leonard Wilkins of Houston Ben Taub Hospital relates the case of a woman terminally ill with AIDS who was kept alive artificially for two years in an incoherent state, even though she pleaded desperately for euthanasia. The woman was kept alive by the government for ethics sake, rather than her own sake. Keep in mind she had no next of kin. (Karlan, 2006) What we see from this example is that no entity or person should have the power to force another to suffer or not have the right to have their choices or wants followed in any type of medical field. Philosopher Ayn Rand states that through individual freedom, we progress. Individualism is a concept which places primary emphasis on the worth, freedom and well-being of the individual person and not on the group, class, society or nation. Individualism ensures social progress. The reason that this is so important is that if we are creating autonomy and increasing individualism we then would be increasing social progress. Michael Rosenfeld, a legal writer, tells us that “individual freedom of choice is the sine qua non of human vitality and progress, because in Mill 's belief unless the mental and moral faculties are repeatedly used in the making of free choices, they remain weak and underdeveloped like unexercised muscles.” This idea is so vital to life because we need to make sure that our mind is strong and …show more content…
Following the UN Convention On the Rights of a Child, children do have the right to make their voices be heard, however, a team of medical professionals, adults, and support like parents need the final say in what is happening to their child. This idea that a child doesn 't have the right to be heard is absurd to me and incorrect as shown above, that everyone has the right to be heard and their wishes if moral and able to be carried out. (Wolfe, 2005) The after-effects of a teens’ choice cannot serve rule utilitarianism which is an inherent good for society. The ethics of having uneducated and misguided and immature liberty is not justifiable, is not moral, and is not in the interest of preserving the most amount of benefit for society. Furthermore, economic policies cannot support dependents without an income and the economic burdens that would fall upon his or her parents, the professionals involved, as well as society cannot produce any net amount of benefits, let alone maximizing them. To put it simply, the economic harms, the moral harms, and the physical harms cannot provide rule utilitarianism and are therefore unjust and impossible for our society to grant autonomy. The reason that this one doesn’t stand is because we are not going to have uneducated and misguided and immature liberty or teens making these decisions, the thing that is mistaken most with adolescent medical autonomy is that people think

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