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If That Ever Happens to MeMaking Life and Death Decisions after Terri Schiavo$
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Lois Shepherd

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832950

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807888643_shepherd

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In Context—Law and Ethics

In Context—Law and Ethics

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If That Ever Happens to Me

Lois Shepherd

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines three fundamental legal and ethical questions involved in making decisions about Terri's life and death. The first is: What were her rights? Did she have a right to die, or a right to life? Did she have a right to refuse treatment, or to be fed? Second, it introduces the problem of how Terri could exercise these rights when she had no voice. Finally, it considers what responsibilities grow from our rights and our guardianship of the rights of others.

Keywords:   Terri Schiavo, right to life, guardianship, right to die, treatment

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