Timothy Murphy, Phd, A Professor Of Philosophy In Biomedical

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Timothy Murphy, PhD, a professor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences, from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, came to Madison to talk about Queer families and surrogate decision-making. He first talked about what surrogate decision making is. He defined surrogate decision making as a mechanism for healthcare decisions for people unable to make decisions, usually structured by ethical and legal standards. There are three different types of decision-making court-appointed, self-selected, or statute-defined. In his discussion he is going to tie surrogate decision making into the LGBTQ community and their people. The first case that Doctor Murphy talked about was Sharon Kowalski case. In 1983, Sharon Kowalski…show more content…
Samuel was found to be in an irreversible coma because of lack of oxygen to his brain for too long. He was in a persistent vegetative state, where he required permanent mechanical ventilation. His parents could not imagine what life would be for him in this state, and had requested that the doctors at Rush take him off the ventilator. The doctors at Rush said that they did not have any legal authority and did not know how to do this. In April of 1989, Rudy Linares, Samuel’s father, left and returned to the hospital room with a gun. Holding doctors and staff at bay, he disconnects his son from the ventilator and hold him while he dies. Mr. Linares was charged with first-degree murder. The grand jury decline to indict Mr. Linares, and he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor use of weapon and was sentenced to 1-year conditional discharge. He did not have to serve any jail time. Because of Samuel Linares’s case, the Illinois governor appointed a commission to identify standards for surrogate-decision-making, including the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment. The main question came up as why should others lose the right to choose or just have it only ordered by court? In response to that Illinois came up with 8 different people ranked who could make decisions. In the case of same sex couples, who in Illinois could not yet be married, would fall under the 7th option as a close friend of the patient no matter how long or intimate the relationship was. If married

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