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Va. guardianship case tests rights of disabled

Monday - 7/22/2013, 2:10pm  ET

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) -- A guardianship case for a Virginia woman with Down syndrome is testing the rights of adults with disabilities to choose how they live.

The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/12cgGZa ) that 29-year-old Margaret Jean "Jenny" Hatch has been fighting for nearly a year for the right to move in with friends who employed her at their thrift shop. Her parents want her to remain in a group home.

After Hatch won a Medicaid waiver in August 2012, her mother and stepfather filed for guardianship against her wishes. The Rosses argue Hatch needs the support and safety of a group home.

Hatch's supporters argue she should have the right to choose where she lives. They've turned the phrase "Justice for Jenny" into a mantra.

The case resumes July 29.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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