Okay, so an adult woman was diagnosed with Stage 1 cervical cancer and her doctor immediately reported that she may not be competent to make medical decisions, with the end result being a judge’s order that she has to have a hysterectomy even if she doesn’t want to.
Now, they aren’t giving that many details about why, exactly, the medical teams are suggesting that she isn’t competent to decide for herself. I’m assuming there are privacy issues here. But the stated information seems to suggest that it’s her belief that God cured her.
Personally, unless she’s actually in a vegetative state or unless her cervical cancer cooties are getting out and attacking passersby, I think she should have the right to refuse this or any treatment. I might personally think she’s a nut or maybe mentally deficient in some way, but she’s an adult (I’m assuming from the text of the article) and adults should be able to choose or not choose surgery unless it’s an emergency situation where we just have to assume consent because there’s no time to do otherwise.
Obviously, this judge disagrees with me, and I can emotionally understand the desire to save her despite herself. But it’s the wrong thing to do.
So, who wants to thumb wrestle over this?