Disability rights group responds to Nancy Fitzmaurice case

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Disability rights group responds to Nancy Fitzmaurice case

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Three minutes and eighteen seconds

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High School & Above


A recent UK Court case, allowing a mother to end the life of her 12-year-old daughter, has prompted a backlash from disability rights advocates. “The decision constitutes an extremely troubling legal precedent, representing the first time the British legal system has allowed a child breathing on her own, not on life support and not diagnosed with any terminal illness, to be killed by the medical system,” the Autistic Self Advocacy Network said in a statement released October 28th.

Review Questions

What does ASAN stand for?


How old was Nancy Fitzmaurice?


Name one of the diseases that contributed to Nancy’s condition.


Free Writing Prompt

Should parents have the authority to end their child’s life if the child is not terminal?


Should a single judge be allowed to make such decisions?


Do you think the University of Wisconsin Hospital Center’s end-of-life practices are ethical?


Original Story Link: http://disabilityrightsgalaxy.com/disability-rights-group-responds-to-nancy-fitzmaurice-case/      

Release Date: November 5th, 2014