The Schiavo decision: emotional, but legally controversial?

Willmott, Lindy, White, Benjamin P., & Cooper, Donna M. (2006) The Schiavo decision: emotional, but legally controversial? Bond Law Review, 18(1), pp. 132-159.

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Although the decision to withdraw artificial nutrition and hydration from Terri Schiavo attracted an enormous amount of international publicity, from a legal perspective the decision was unsurprising. This article explores this view by comparing the law that governs the withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining medical treatment in Florida where the Schiavo decision was made, and the equivalent law in Queensland. It concludes that although the legislation is expressed in different terms, the same decision would be reached if a case similar to Terri Schiavo's arose in Queensland. Indeed, it is suggested that this conclusion is also likely to be reached in other common law jurisdictions.

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ID Code: 10421
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal's web page (see hypertext link).
Keywords: Withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment, Adult guardianship law, End of life decision-making
ISSN: 1033-4505
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law not elsewhere classified (180199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Bond University and (The authors)
Deposited On: 25 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2015 02:04

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