Year: 1986 Source: Death Studies, v.10, no.3, (May-June 1986), p.301-304 SIEC No: 19870204

Discusses the case of Elizabeth Bouvia, a physically disabled woman who voluntarily entered a psychiatric unit in order to starve herself to death. Issues discussed include the right to suicide by a disabled person (who would need assistance in doing so), public policy response to such requests & legal recognition of such a right. It is suggested that legally recognizing a right not to be force fed, as with the S, need not coerce any physician into performing active euthanasia. 6 ref.