Who has the right to determine what you may, or may not, do to yourself? Although many people associate this question with the issues of birth control and abortion it is often key to other issues/concerns.
For example, recently in the United Kingdom a judge ruled that doctors could force feed a woman who did not want to eat (Anorexic woman should be fed against her wishes, judge rules, The Guardian, June 15 2012) while in Canada the British Columbia Supreme Court ruled in that laws against physician assisted suicide were unconstitutional since they infringed on the right to bodily autonomy of physically disabled British Columbians (A good day for Civil Liberties, The Globe and Mail, June 16 2012).
What do you think? To what degree do we (should we) have sovereignty over our own bodies? When (if ever) should the state step in?
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