Category Archives: Surrogate Decisions & Guardianship

NDRN’s Report Should Serve As a Call to Conscience for Health Care Providers

The recommendations contained in the National Disability Rights Network’s (NDRN)report, “Devaluing People With Disabilities: Medical ProceduresThat Violate Civil Rights,” constitute nothing less than a call to conscience for health care providers who are withholding life-sustaining treatment without consent from people with disabilities who are not otherwise dying. Sometimes this is done at the request of … Continue reading NDRN’s Report Should Serve As a Call to Conscience for Health Care Providers

Important Legal Victory for People Under Guardianship in Pennsylvania

Last month, there was an important legal victory for people under guardianship in Pennsylvania.  The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued its ruling in the matter of D.L.H.  This appeal was made by the guardians of a man with developmental disabilities.  As reported in this 2009 blog entry, a lower court severely limited a guardian’s power … Continue reading Important Legal Victory for People Under Guardianship in Pennsylvania

Update on Oral Argument in Pennsylvania Supreme Court Guardianship Case

Last week, this blog reported about scheduled oral arguments in front of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court regarding the limits on a guardian’s powers – specifically, whether or not guardians have the right to refuse life-preserving treatment – treatment needed to save the life of a person legally lacking decisionmaking capacity and who is neither dying … Continue reading Update on Oral Argument in Pennsylvania Supreme Court Guardianship Case

Pennsylvania: New Month, New Oral Arguments in a New State

Next week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in a case we reported on due to an earlier court ruling over a year ago(from the mailing sent out the the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania): Set forth below is a summary of an important new decision by the Pennsylvania Superior Court regarding … Continue reading Pennsylvania: New Month, New Oral Arguments in a New State

Connecticut: Affidavit of Nancy B. Alisberg in Motion to Intervene in Assisted Suicide Suit

As promised in yesterday’s blog posting, today I’m sharing the affidavit submitted by Nancy B. Alisberg, Managing Attorney at the Connecticut Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (OPA) in the OPA’s motion to intervene in Blick v. Division of Criminal Justice.  Alisberg’s affidavit goes into detail about some of the actions she … Continue reading Connecticut: Affidavit of Nancy B. Alisberg in Motion to Intervene in Assisted Suicide Suit