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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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Author
Harriet McBride Johnson
Source
TASH Connections, vol. 29, issue 7, July 2003
Publisher
Publication Date
25 May 2005
Category
Person with disability
Keywords
Advocacy, Ethics, Self Determination
Origin
United States

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