In this powerful article, Johnson confrontingly writes of her happiness and success in life 'despite' her incurable neuromuscular disease. She argues against the judgment of a South Carolina court that the assisted suicide of disabled people was 'an act of mercy'. Satirizing misconceptions about her life, Johnson shows that disability only causes despair when it is linked to lack of control over one's life. She urges that money currently spent on 'medical prisons' should be redirected towards 'setting people free' by giving them money to plan and control their support needs.
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Harriet McBride Johnson
TASH Connections, vol. 29, issue 7, July 2003
25 May 2005
Person with disability
Advocacy, Ethics, Self Determination