Here is my extended article on the Leslie Burke case in the UK. Lest Americans think that we are not affected by unilateral treatment cut offs, throughout the country hospitals are quietly promulgating futile care theory protocols that give ethics committees the final say on whether wanted life-sustaining treatment will be provided. And now, they are beginning to impose them on unwilling patients. Unless this trend is thwarted, patient autonomy will only mean the “right to die.” But there will be no corresponding right to live.

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