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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/6949/u-s-court-no-you-do-not-own-your-own-body/

U.S. Court: No You Do Not Own Your Own Body

August 7, 2007 by

Terminally ill patients do not have a constitutional right to experimental drugs not approved by regulators, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday…

“The FDA’s policy of limiting access to investigational drugs is rationally related to the legitimate state interest of protecting patients, including the terminally ill, from potentially unsafe drugs with unknown therapeutic effects,” Judge Thomas Griffith wrote in Tuesday’s majority opinion.

{ 6 comments }

Bill August 7, 2007 at 11:43 pm

Huh? Protecting the terminally ill? From what? Death? Pain? How tyrannical of the state. When did they start owning us?

Steve Hogan August 8, 2007 at 12:17 am

Bill,

Name a state that isn’t tyrannical.

When did they start owning us? Some would say 1898 (Spanish-American War), 1913 (the income tax), or 1917 (WWI). I vote for 1861 due to our buddy, Dishonest Abe.

As for the Food and Drug Administration, it is a particularly vile organization, and that is saying something when one considers the competition. Next to the Pentagon, I figure that it is responsible for more deaths than any other agency. Its demise can’t come soon enough.

P.M.Lawrence August 8, 2007 at 1:57 am

Considering that the American rebels terrorised, exiled and even massacred anyone who didn’t join them, let alone anyone who remained overtly loyal, it’s quite clear that this was present at the very beginning of the USA. And, considering the changes made between the Articles of Confederation and the US Constitution, it’s clear that that was no mere aberration but rather a settled orientation, steadily consolidated.

Comforted? August 8, 2007 at 10:40 am

It is comforting to know that the choice literally between life and death has been handed to a bunch of FDA people and ripped out of my own hands and the hands of my care takers.

You see prior to the FDA, I had no control over these parts of my life:money, time, cuisine, tranportation, education, toilet size, drinking and smoking. But now I have no control over my life at MY MOST DESPERATE MOMENTS.

I am happy to lose any control when I need it most. That way we are the same.

Dewaine August 8, 2007 at 1:32 pm

The most important ethic of our time is fairness. In fact, it is ultimately the only valid ethic in modern practical political science. As long everything is fair, everything is good.

scineram August 12, 2007 at 7:25 pm

I wonder why Janice Brown did not join the dissent.
She is supposed to be a lochnerist.
Any idea?

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