The Disability Rights Commission in the United Kingdom, as well as many other national and international organisations, strives to eliminate discrimination in all of its forms. But discrimination persists. This book looks at discrimination specifically in matters of life and death, examining the ethical and legal concerns which arise in issues of life, death and disability. As well as examining crucial issues such as euthanasia and the right to life debate, this book also considers the different models of disability and their impact on the debates, as well as the broader ethical analyses that surround the question of the rights of the disabled.
Professor Sheila McLean has a worldwide reputation for her work in study of medical ethics and law. She established the Institute of Law and Ethics in Medicine at the University of Glasgow in 1985 and is still its director. She serves on a number of national and international committees, is frequently consulted by Government on medico-legal matters, and has published extensively in the area of medical law, including writing a regular newspaper column on medical ethics. Dr Laura Williamson is Research Associate at the Institute of Law and Ethics in Medicine, University of Glasgow. Her research interests are in the areas of bioethics, clinical ethics and public health ethics. She is co-author 'Xenotransplantation: Law and Ethics' and author of 'The HIV/AIDS Pandemic and Cross-cultural Ethical Discourse'.