Government to Patients: “We Feel Pain Is Best for You”

August 27, 2014 7:46 PM

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Government to Patients: “We Feel Pain Is Best for You”

As anyone who has a severe illness such as advanced cancer (or who has a loved one with such an illness) realizes, effective pain management in such cases is crucial. It can mean the difference between a life worth living and an existence of constant, excruciating pain.

Individuals’ lives and bodies belong to them, not to the government. Individuals have a moral right to seek out and use the drugs of their choice for pain management (and for any other purpose), and politicians and bureaucrats are morally wrong—indeed, they are detestable—when they violate those rig...

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