I agree, except ....
As a culture, we just don't let people die, regardless of the fact that they were "making their own choices." So, they do not suffer the ultimate consequence - dying. Someone must bear the cost of their medical treatments (the insurance company, assuming the victim has any/enough - through other ratepayers). And whether alive or dead, the family suffers and that can be a direct (i.e. welfare) or indirect drain on other citizens.
So should I be forced to foot my portion of the money that gets spent on the person who is seriously injured? Isn't that a violation of my rights?
I think it is a more difficult problem.
Originally Posted by PhilB
Because that's ethically wrong. It's coercion; it's force; it's a violation of the rights of free people to make their own choices about their own lives.