Year: 1987 Source: Issues in Law and Medicine, v.3, no.3, (Winter 1987), p.245-265 SIEC No: 19910526

This article discusses the legal implications of suicide for persons with disabilities, or the “new illegimates” (i.e. those with few legal rights or public benefits). Also included are those with impaired consciousness, the old & infirm, those with mental illness, & racial minorities & the poor. The author argues that if assisted suicide were legalized, these new illegitimates would be at risk since they are often viewed as a burden, & are vulnerable. (VM)