Report Should We Be Allowed To Intentionally Harm Ourselves? in Philosophy & Theory Posted September 12, 2007 Note: I was inspired to make this poll after watching an episode of Law and Order: SVU the other night.I think we should be allowed to harm ourselvesbut when a person in pregnant they are harming someone else, this is not an abortion issue, if a woman has an abortion she is once more free to do as she wishes with her body as she will not be bringing the baby to term but a woman bringing a baby to term will be bringing a person into the world and that person should be allowed to have as healthy a start as is possible. of course doing as a person wants and harming their bodies and brains has to include that the working people will not be taking care of your ass when you are a drooling idiot due to self inflicted injury to the brain or body. being able to harm ones self doesn't include neglecting or harming their spouse, children, neighbors, parents etc... so if they are methed out or a drunken sot or whatever everyone is free to leave them on their own, remove the children and let the person tend to themselves or wallow in their misery. And take away their Privileged adult status. Of course people who use substances and continue to be able to work and live unimpaired should be allowed to do just that without penalties or hassles.