Consciousness, Conflations, and Disability Rights: Denials of Care for Children in the "Minimally Conscious State"

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Abstract

This essay critiques the fiercely utilitarian allocation scheme of Cameron et al. Children have no hope of recovery if their lives are cut short based on administrative protocols that misrepresent the nature of their conditions. Unilateral futility judgements - especially those based on a false predicate - are discriminatory. When considering the best interests of children, we should see possibility in disability and not advance ill-informed utilitarianism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-183
Number of pages3
JournalThe Journal of law, medicine & ethics : a journal of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Access to Care
  • Disability Law
  • Disorders of Consciousness
  • Minimally Conscious State
  • Pediatric Neurology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy

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