Autonomy And Self Autonomy

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And we feel that, because of the impact on the woman, this … is a matter which is of such fundamental and basic concern to the woman involved that she should be allowed to make the choice as to whether to continue or to terminate her pregnancy” (Weddington). This quote was taken from the legal trials of Roe VS. Wade from the attorney Mrs.Weddington. This quote is saying women have the right to choose what happens to their bodies. They have self autonomy. Self autonomy is defined as the right or condition of self-government. This means that if someone has self autonomy, they themselves are the governing force to what happens to them physically and mentally. It is the belief that only you are in control of yourself. Self autonomy is a largely shared belief in American culture. The right to body autonomy is protected under the United States constitution. If a patient is dying of an illness and would be able to live if they received a treatment, the patient still has the right to refuse that treatment. If a person is raped, the law holds it as invasion as body autonomy and the offender will be prosecuted criminally. Even the dead have body autonomy. A body, though being full of organs that can be used to save lives, will not be touched unless the person had granted consent before they passed. The right to body autonomy should be held without question, but there are still instances where it is not held to the standard it should. The story “Hills like White Elephants” by

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