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Supreme Court of the United States

In re: Hockenberry

Last Updated: 6/2/2020

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ADF attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of 50-year-old David Hockenberry, who has had acute mental disabilities since birth. Hockenberry's legal guardians sought to deny him of life-preserving treatment even though he is neither unconscious nor terminally ill. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court determined that state law prevents such actions for those who are not nearing death and have not refused medical treatment.

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