Lloyd I. Sederer, MD: Dying with Your Rights On: Mental Illness, Civil Rights and Saving Lives: "Our laws stipulate that Bishop had to consent to provide information to her family, which she did not. Privacy violations would have been the consequence of the hospital contacting her family during the hospital stay or at the time of discharge. Bishop's 'right' to live where (and how) she wanted derives from legal rulings that stipulate a person's right to live in what is called 'the least restrictive setting.'
The letter of the law had been met. And the patient died."