The Right To Refuse Medical Treatment

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Many states have laws to require parents to provide necessary medical care for children. For adults, the ethical and legal rules are clear: people have the right to decline treatment, even if it results in death.

Tell us: Have you ever refused treatment your doctor deemed critical?


Dr. Josh Ammerman, neurosurgeon at Washington Neurological Associates in Washington, DC

Josephine Johnston, research scholar at the Hastings Center, and lawyer specializing in bioethics and health law



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