Our society often sacrifices law-abiding and productive people to protect the dysfunctional from themselves.
This was about raw power. If Alfie had escaped the diktat, there would soon be others demanding their freedom too.
We are witnessing a steady and growing imposition of technocracy in medicine, where “experts” define the parameters of care.
Futile care theory (as I call it) or medical futility allows doctors to unilaterally refuse wanted life-sustaining treatment based on the physician’s values.
The Massachusetts Medical Society wants their pro-life colleagues, and those who believe in the Hippocratic Oath, to be forced to violate religious and moral beliefs.