Withdrawal of nutrition and hydration should be normative

Catherine Constable of the New York University School of Medicine has published a journal article advocating that patients diagnosed as being in a permanent vegetative state (PVS) should be killed by starvation and dehydration unless their families insist that they receive assisted nutrition and hydration.

Constable, C. (2012), Withdrawal of Artificial Nutrition and Hydration for Patiens in a Permanent Vegetative State: Changing Tack. Bioethics, 26: 157–163


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  1. Her position has been critiqued by Wesley J. Smith. Health care workers who agree with Smith’s moral evaluation of the proposal could face conflicts of conscience should it be adopted in their workplace.

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