Second Thoughts, the Massachusetts coalition of people with disabilities opposed to the legalization of assisted suicide, just posted a link on Facebook to a movement to oppose the use of electric shock on children with developmental disabilities and mental illness. True Dignity finds Second Thoughts’s commentary to the link right on. Here it is, in italics below. We also don’t see it as that far a distance from torturing autistic kids “for their own good” to killing disabled people (or elderly people or those thought to be terminally ill) because they will be “better off dead.”
Stopping the torture of kids with autism at the Judge Rosenberg Center brought protesters to the Statehouse and to the Center out in Canton yesterday. Great work everyone! What happens at the JRC is a great example of people doing horrible things to other people “for their own good.” Being controlled by another person through electric shocking sounds like one of the worst forms of torture, because you don’t even have the safety of your own body. I don’t see it as that far a distance from torturing autistic kids “for their own good” to killing disabled people because they will be “better off dead.”
Here is the link Second Thoughts posted: http://sites.google.com/site/occupythejudgerotenbergcenter/Read it for both information and more links, including one to a Boston Globe editorial.
And here, once more, is the link to Second Thoughts’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Second-Thoughts/324675187570696. If you live in Massachusetts or have friends who live in Massachusetts, or just want to keep up with the battle against assisted suicide there, this is a great source of information. To show your support, please go to this page and like it. We did.