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ERIC Number: EJ920695
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1184-0412
Questions of Right and Left or Right and Wrong: A Disability-Ethics Analysis of the Right-Wing and Left-Wing Media Portrayals of the Latimer Case
Janz, Heidi L.; Hayward, Sally
Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, v37 n1-2 p165-186 2009
This paper examines the right and left wing media coverage of the Robert Latimer case, arguing that, in particular, the left-wing progressive portrayal of this case not only creates a "preferred version and vision of social order" (Ericson, Baranek, & Chan,1991, p. 4), but also affirms a utilitarian ethics and a normative framework of reference that can be used in the courts of law to argue for the voluntary and, more importantly, the nonvoluntary euthanasia of "defective" and "deformed" individuals. We further argue that publications of the religious right, most notably Alberta Report, have countered this normative framework of utilitarian ethics by consistently providing space for Tracy Latimer's story to be told. We conclude this paper with consideration of an alternative ethics that develops Paul Woodruff's call for a politics and practice of reverence, a secular, as opposed to a religious, praxis that is inclusive and appreciative of all human difference. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
J.P. Das Developmental Disabilities Centre. 6-102 Education North, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-4505; Fax: 780-492-1318; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada