Adolescents: Should they OK end-of-life decisions?
David Moore February 5, 2014 | AP
Facing death is a difficult thing, especially when a
child is dying.Adults often make
critical end-of-life decisions, but when it comes to allowing a mature
adolescent make their own choices, things change.Wgvu’s David Moore reports…
We may not think teenagers are ready to take charge
of their futures in a terminal illness, but in reality, they are in many cases,
and more often than we might perhaps think.
Whether dying children should be able to make such decisions is the
subject of a symposium this Friday at Michigan State University.
Tom Tomlinson is director of the MSU Center for
Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences.And while he’s fully convinced mature children should be allowed to make
such critical decisions at the end of their lives, he also observes that
teenagers may still be struggling with their own identity and trying to establish
their own values.
Tomlinson says “that
can be the challenge, deciding what degree of autonomy or authority one can or
should provide a teenage patient when it comes to end-of-life decisions.”
symposium includes sessions on parent-child communication, ethics and the
decision making process.
The event is Friday
College of Law beginning at 8:30 a.m.
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