In this book, Norman Cantor analyzes the legal and moral status
of people with profound mental disabilities -- those with extreme
cognitive impairments that prevent their exercise of medical
self-determination. He proposes a legal and moral framework for
surrogate medical decision making on their behalf. The issues
Cantor explores will be of interest to professionals in law,
medicine, psychology, philosophy, and ethics, as well as to
parents, guardians, and health care providers who face perplexing
issues in the context of surrogate medical decision making.The
profoundly mentally disabled are thought by some moral philosophers
to lack the minimum cognitive ability for personhood. Countering
this position, Cantor advances both theoretical and practical
arguments for according them full legal and moral status. He also
argues that the concept of intrinsic human dignity should have an
integral role in shaping the bounds of surrogate decision making.
Thus, he claims, while profoundly mentally disabled persons are not
entitled to make their own medical decisions, respect for intrinsic
human dignity dictates their right to have a conscientious
surrogate make medical decisions on their behalf. Cantor discusses
the criteria that bind such surrogates. He asserts, contrary to
popular wisdom, that the best interests of the disabled person are
not always the determinative standard: the interests of family or
others can sometimes be considered. Surrogates may even, consistent
with the intrinsic human dignity standard, sometimes authorize
tissue donation or participation in nontherapeutic medical research
by profoundly disabled persons. Intrinsic human dignity limits the
occasions for such decisions and dictates close attention to the
preferences and feelings of the profoundly disabled persons
themselves. Cantor also analyzes the underlying philosophical
rationale that makes these decision-making criteria consistent with
law and morals.
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