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(Mis)Framing Schiavo as Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities

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Anita Silvers

San Francisco State University - Department of Philosophy

Leslie P. Francis

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

Critics have framed the legal processes in the Terri Schiavo case as discrimination against people with disabilities. Certainly, Terri Schiavo was a person with a disability. But the arguments charging disability discrimination in the case rest on assumptions that are deeply problematic in regard to science, to guardianship and surrogate decision-making law, and to achieving the good for people with serious cognitive disabilities.

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Silvers, Anita and Francis, Leslie P., (Mis)Framing Schiavo as Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (2007). University of Miami Law Review, Vol. 61, No. 3, p. 789, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1517332

Anita Silvers

San Francisco State University - Department of Philosophy ( email )

1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
United States

Leslie Francis (Contact Author)

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law ( email )

383 S. University Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730
United States

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