Last updated on: 8/27/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Harriet Johnson, JD Biography

Title:
Former Disability-Rights Lawyer
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Obviously, Florida law would not allow a husband to kill a nondisabled wife by starvation and dehydration; killing is not ordinarily considered a private family concern or a matter of choice…

Even if my guardian thinks I’d be better off dead–even if I think so myself–I hope to live and die in a world that recognizes that killing, even of people with the most severe disabilities, is a matter of more than private concern.”

“Not Dead at All: Why Congress Was Right to Stick Up for Terri Schiavo,” Slate, Mar. 23, 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to end-of-life issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to end-of-life.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Disability-Rights Lawyer
  • Chair, Democratic Party, City of Charleston, South Carolina
Education:
  • JD, University of South Carolina, 1985
  • MA, Public Administration, College of Charleston, 1981
  • BS, History, Charleston Southern University, 1978
Other:
  • Ms. Johnson died on June 4, 2008
Quoted in:
  1. Should Terri Schiavo's Feeding Tube Have Been Removed?