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Potential rights... abortion vs. comas etc.

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I've been doing a bunch of research on this but wanted more precise answers from yall expers ;) . I was wondering about the rights of an individual in a comma, how they apply etc. They have lost their rational functions, but in whose hands is their life then? Who can determine whether they should live or not depending on their mental/health state. Do they have potential rights? If so, how does this compare to abortion. Cheers. 

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1 hour ago, Hudson Stronck said:

I've been doing a bunch of research on this but wanted more precise answers from yall expers ;) . I was wondering about the rights of an individual in a comma, how they apply etc. They have lost their rational functions, but in whose hands is their life then? Who can determine whether they should live or not depending on their mental/health state. Do they have potential rights? If so, how does this compare to abortion. Cheers.  

People can plan for falling into a punctuation mark of any kind, ( :) ), and put it in writing who they want making the decisions (with both their life and their property). If they don't, then, for lack of any better options, it's assumed that they would've wanted their closest relatives to make the calls.

And it doesn't compare to abortion in any way. Abortion is a simply every woman's right.

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Apart from nominating a person to make decisions for you, you can also list criteria, considerations and preferences. Of course, someone still has to interpret those, in a given context, but it can help making your own views clearer to the decision-maker. Possibly, such instructions could make certain decisions illegal (with a judge/jury deciding intent). 

There'll always be situations when there are no instructions and no person nominated. It becomes a tough situation. One might think that close family -- a spouse or parent -- know the person's will the best, and have their best interests at heart. In reality, there are all sorts of situations where that is not true. 

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Lacking an explicit expression of will to the contrary, parents and surviving family members are the appropriate executors of those in utero or infirmity.

That being said, securing rights of action in a social context implies that a momentary lack of action, as while asleep, doesn't diminish these rights because one expects a person to awaken. The same can be said of persons in coma or in utero, and we cannot dismiss these states of being for the same reason we cannot dismiss the rights of even the heaviest of sleepers.

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