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In John A Robertsons essay Cruzan No Rights Violated he argues that the decision made by the Missouri Supreme Court to deny Nancy Beth Cruzans parents request to have their daughters artificial nutrition and hydration tube removed was not a violation of Nancy Beth Cruzans right to refuse treatment because she had not personally refused treatment Robertson also claims that keeping Cruzan alive with this particular medical treatment does not alienate her constitutional rights or her parents Robertson states that A permanently vegetative patient does not have interests that can be harmed simply because heshe cannot feel pain and doesnt know hisher present condition Robertson then goes on to say that simply assuming that one would decline treatment in that situation because of hisher prior beliefs is not enough evidence to maintain that the directive was in fact released by the said person and to relieve their self from a state law that orders such a treatment the person must have released a directive against that particular treatment If one were to argue that an incompetent patient has the right to have their medical treatment decided by another person on the presumption that it follows with the patients previous beliefs Robertson would declare that the patient is much different than they were before and does not reserve a constitutional right to be managed in the same way they would have been In placing the right to decide Nancys treatment in her parents hands her parents would be acting in their own interests according to Robertson and in choosing to stop medical treatment of their daughter they would be denying their child medical care deemed necessary by the state which is illegal With this in mind Robertson says that the Supreme Court should not extend a familys privacy to include the refusal of necessary treatment when the above treatment is not causing harm to the child Next Robertson says that if a person wants to
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