Schiavo and the Shibboleth of Privacy

March 8, 2006

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.


Schiavo and the Shibboleth of Privacy


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