DIED From childhood on, disability-rights lawyer Harriet McBryde Johnson was adamant about defending what she thought was right--even if that meant leading the charge as a young teen to oust a teacher she considered abusive. Suffering from a congenital neuromuscular disease and bound to a wheelchair, Johnson resented assumptions about her quality of life. She railed against the "pity-based tactics" of the Jerry Lewis muscular dystrophy telethon, challenged a prominent Princeton professor on the ethics of euthanizing disabled infants and spoke out in defense of the brain-damaged Terri Schiavo when her case polarized the nation on the right-to-life debate. An accomplished...

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