Should people have the right to decline medical treatment and surgical procedures?
What about pregnant women? Do they have any right at all to decline medications or procedures like cesarean sections? If the answer is “no, pregnant women do not have that right,” then that seems to be holding the science of medicine in much higher regard than is proper. Medicine and doctors are not infallible predictors of what can happen to a person(s) medically, let alone infallible practitioners of surgery, etc.
I’m asking this with cases of court-ordered c-sections (or homicide convictions following stillbirth) in mind. Scary … what are your thoughts on this?