Nursing-home residents have the right to refuse treatment. Forcing a resident to take sedatives, unless that person threatens the well-being of others, is a clear affront to human dignity, an illegal invasion of privacy, and an intolerable violation of the individual's right to think and make decisions about one's own welfare.
A major assumption in this argument is that
A) residents in nursing homes are no threat to the well-being of others
B) treatment in nursing homes is clearly harmful to residents
C) sedating drugs should not be used as a treatment in nursing homes
D) nursing-home residents are capable of making decisions about their own welfare
E) the privacy rights of most residents of nursing homes are not protected
I agree that the best answer is D.
A is not the best assumption. The author says that residents in nursing homes may be a threat
[sometimes] to the well-being of others. If and when they are a threat, he warrants the use of sedatives. So, clearly, we can't say that "Residents in nursing homes are no threat to the well-being of others"
D, on the other hand, assumes that if residents have the right to refuse treatment, then they are capable of making a decision whether to exercise that right or not.
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