Do we own our lives?

Dalrymple examines the play Whose Life Is It, Anyway? and addresses an argument often heard in the euthanasia, abortion and drug debates:

Even if one can be said to own one’s life, ownership does not always confer upon one the right, legal or moral, to dispose of the property just as one wishes….Our close relation with others and with society imposes obligations upon us that the law cannot impose, forbid, account for, or encompass.

Read the essay at The New Criterion (purchase required)

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