Friday, April 01, 2005

 

"Bigotry and the Murder of Terri Schiavo"

I found this wonderfully insightful and incisive article at the Harvard Crimson Online. America is in danger of becoming a country wherein we not only do not value minorities of any kind, but we are beginning to actively put them to death.

FOCUS: Bigotry and the Murder of Terri Schiavo
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"Misery can only be removed from the world by painless extermination of the miserable."
—a Nazi writer quoted by Robert J. Lifton in
The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide

The case of Terri Schiavo has been framed by the media as the battle between the “right to die” and pro-life groups, with the latter often referred to as “right-wing Christians.” Little attention has been paid to the more than twenty major disability rights organizations firmly supporting Schiavo’s right to nutrition and hydration. Terri Schindler-Schiavo, a severely disabled woman, is being starved and dehydrated to death in the name of supposed “dignity.” Polls show that most Americans believe that her death is a private matter and that her removal from a feeding tube—a low-tech, simple and inexpensive device used to feed many sick and disabled people—is a reasonable solution to the conflict between her husband and her parents over her right to life. Continue Reading This Article

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