Many Vermonters would be stunned to learn that some eighty years ago, our legislature passed a law enabling the sterilization of Vermonters who had been determined to be “undesirables,” people from targeted groups that included Abenakis and French Canadian immigrants. The 1931 sterilization law was designed to reduce the number of people seen as placing […]
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Posted in Choice Becomes "Duty" to Die, Classism and Assisted Suicide, Devaluation of Lives with Disabilities, Selfishness of Proponents, Slippery Slope, Vermont on March 14, 2015 | Comments Off on Vermont’s New Eugenics Movement
In their work on S. 9, “An act relating to improving Vermont’s system for protecting children from abuse and neglect,” the Vermont Senate has been working hard to help develop safeguards to prevent the kinds of horrific tragedies that happened over the last year when young children fell through the cracks and died at the […]
A December 10, 2014 posting by True Dignity guest author W. Carol Cleigh showed how the practice of assisted suicide has expanded over the sixteen years since it was legalized in Oregon (http://www.truedignity.org/whats-going-oregon/). The French journal LePoint recently interviewed Etienne Montero, dean of the law school at Belgium’s University of Namur and author of Rendezvous […]
People Magazine has published an article about a man who writes that his wife’s last week was so traumatic to him that he believes Brittany Maynard gave her husband “a gift” by committing suicide. We wouldn’t dream of linking to this sick justification of selfishness. The article is clear evidence of how far down the […]
Are the American People Smart Enough to See Through Compassion and Choices “Framing” of the Brittany Maynard Case?
Posted in Acceptance of Unintended Consequences, Selling of Suicide, Silencing Opposition, Slippery Slope on November 3, 2014 | Comments Off on Are the American People Smart Enough to See Through Compassion and Choices “Framing” of the Brittany Maynard Case?
Below, we link to a good article on the Brittany Maynard case, written before she committed assisted suicide but just as relevant now, especially as we await the edited death video that will almost certainly be released by Compassion and Choices and People Magazine. The article discusses how the Maynard case is a “textbook example” […]
Posted in Depression, Devaluation of Lives with Disabilities, Disability Rights Groups' Opposition, Elder Abuse, Slippery Slope on November 1, 2014 | Comments Off on Looking Beyond Shallow “Compassion” Reveals the Real Cruelty of Legal Assisted Suicide
John Kelly, a disability rights activist with Second Thoughts Massachusetts, has an article in the Newark (New Jersey) Star Ledger that does a masterful job of cutting through the sentimentality and the shallow idea of compassion behind the selling of assisted suicide laws. Sadly, some individuals have bought the idea that living until their natural […]
Posted in Compassion and Choices, Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide Two Sides of the Same Coin, Slippery Slope on October 18, 2014 | Comments Off on The Slippery Slope from Michael Landon to Brittany Maynard
Think there isn’t a slippery slope? We are in the first stages of a cultural move toward acceptance of euthanasia, driven by the slick PR efforts of Compassion and Choices and others of their ilk. This piece by Wesley Smith on First Things deftly summarizes how attitudes have changed in just 20 years: http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/10/of-michael-landon-and-brittany-maynard