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date: 21 October 2020

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This article examines the debate concerning the ability of disabled individuals to decide when to die. It begins with the presumption that disability abrogates freedom before turning to a discussion of the kinds of cognitive disability that are widely believed to hinder one’s autonomous decision-making. It then considers how disability may affect the autonomy of decision-making at the end of life, along with ethical problems that arise when disabled people make choices at the end of life. It also describes procedures that reject the old assumptions about the link between disability and decision-making at the end of life and instead supports decisions about dying by both disabled and nondisabled individuals.

Keywords: disability, freedom, cognitive disability, decision-making, autonomy, end of life, dying

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