Civil Disobedience in Time of AIDS
Hastings Center Report. 1989 Nov/Dec; 19(6): 35-36.
In the face of what they view as continuing governmental indifference and neglect, persons with AIDS have turned to civil disobedience to affect public policy. Novick develops the background to the use of civil disobedience by AIDS activists as a form of protest and explains the interface between AIDS activists, many of whom are members of the gay community, and society. He argues that civil disobedience is justified in the face of the government's failure to develop a comprehensive national agenda on AIDS and to address the issues of access to health care, to new therapies, and to rational, sensitive health promotion. (KIE abstract)