Schiavo and the Shibboleth of Privacy
Daniel N. Robinson, Oxford University; Georgetown University
The legal and legislative activities surrounding the final months in the life of Terri Schindler Schiavo arrested the attention of the nation and encouraged a reexamination of the alleged ‘privacy’ right in relation to legitimate and foundational State interests. Also brought under scrutiny is the standing that should be accorded to so-called advance directives. In all, Schiavo illustrates in ways both clear and macabre the ever mounting impediments to official action on behalf of dependent others.