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A pretty fine line : life, death, autonomy and letting it B.

Biggs, Hazel M. (2003) A pretty fine line : life, death, autonomy and letting it B. Feminist Legal Studies, 11 (3). pp. 291-301.

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Abstract

The cases of Diane Pretty and Ms B. raise crucial issues about decision-making and autonomy at the end of life. Ms B. was permitted her wish to die rather than live permanently dependent upon a ventilator because her case was constructed as one about withholding consent to medical treatment, which every adult with capacity has a right to do. Mrs Pretty, however, sought active intervention to end her life. Requiring assistance to die, and claiming that this was her human right, she sought an assurance that her husband would not be prosecuted if he helped her. Her claim was rejected and the assurance refused. The cases prompt questions about the nature of autonomy, the influence of others and the different way sin which medical and legal decisions are made.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Feminist Legal Studies
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Law
Uncontrolled Keywords: autonomy - connectedness - medical decision-making - Pretty
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Law School
ID Code: 3100
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 08 Feb 2010 12:04
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:52
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3100

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