AuthorsDen.com   Join (Free!) | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Hank Nuwer, iR. Glenn Brown, iAlan Brenham, iBurton Pines, iPaul Williams, iRonald Yates, iPhyllis Jean Green, i

  Home > Health/Wellness > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Jane St Clair

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Books
· Articles
· Stories
· 55 Titles
· 30 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Jan, 2008

Jane St Clair, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.




Featured Book
Gaining a sense of self is now available as an e-book Kindl
by Karen Wilson

A gritty and gently humourous journey through years of hunger, poverty,self-doubt ad deprivation...  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Featured Book
Paw Prints in the Sand
by Elizabeth Parker

A book that will open the eyes of the reader regarding puppy mills and the horrific living conditions that these dogs are living in...  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members





   Recent articles by
Jane St Clair

I Survived Hospice! Wear that tee shirt proudly!
Ten Myths About Legalizing Assisted Suicide
The St. Croix Cougar Belongs to the West
Living Wills, End-of-Life Medical Forms and the New York Times
Murder by Suicide: Internet Predator Attacks the Most Vulnerable Among Us
Grandma's Suicide Kit Backfires
Sonoran Desert Spring, April Spring, Tucson, Arizona
Civil War Re-Enactment at Picacho Peak: The Gettysburg of the West
Tragedy in Our Tucson Neighborhood: Gabrielle Giffords Shot
To Molly with Love on National Suicide Survivors' Day
Cowboys Gather for Symposium In Sonoita, Arizona
The New Rx Cure: Assisted Suicide as Medical Treatment
           >> View all

17 Provocative Quotes About Euthanasia from People With Disabilities
By Jane St Clair   
Rated "PG" by the Author.
Last edited: Sunday, November 14, 2010
Posted: Friday, June 19, 2009

Share    Print   Save    Become a Fan


Physician-assisted suicide poses a threat to disabled people and their families. Are people only dignified if they can care for themselves? Are disabled and dying people only dignified when they are dead?

by Jane St Clair

Author of Walk Me to Midnight

People who argue in favor of assisted suicide and euthanasia often say they and others should not live if they are a burden and require help in feeding and self-care. They say that such a life lacks dignity and autonomy.  They say handicapped people are a drain on the health care system. 

At last month’s International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Washington, DC, many speakers were handicapped or else they were people with profoundly disabled family members, including the brother of Terri Schiavo.

I copied 17 provocative quotes from their speeches here.

Bobby Schlinder, director of the Terri Schiavo Foundation:

Rolling Stone published an article about Terri=s "vegetable life … her dead fish eyes … and her doped up smile …"  This was my sister they were talking about.  It was just one example of the media=s profound prejudice and bigotry against handicapped people, and their slander and defamation of my sister.

My sister was never dying or on life support. We took her everywhere in her wheelchair. The media distorted her condition. 

The diagnosis, "persistent vegetative state,"  dehumanizes people.  It is a subjective diagnosis. My sister was not a diagnosis.  She was a human being with a profound brain injury.

The number one question that I am asked all the time is  AWho would want to live like your sister?" That question is used to leap frog into killing people.  But the question was never about Terri.  It was always about us and about how we are going to treat our most vulnerable.

Diane Coleman, founder, the Not Dead Yet organization

Every time read I the phrase “burden of care” I feel a threat.

We are sometimes asked, “Who are you - the disabled – to take away our rights to euthanasia?”  However, the reasons for euthanasia are disability-related – things like loss of autonomy, loss of dignity.  We don’t believe in that.  We do not believe those are reasons for physician-assisted suicide.

We’re not dead yet and we will fight back.

Randy Richardson, father of Lauren

I want to say that my word “compassion” is not followed by the word “choices.” My word compassion means someone with a heart taking care of someone else.  

 When we told Lauren, “Lauren, we’re going to take you home,” she cried. Lauren is not a vegetable. Carrots can’t cry.

Lionel Roosemont, father of Tikvah

I thought they would do everything possible to help my child.  Instead, they told us that we should have an abortion as soon as possible. They told us she would be born blind, deaf, paralyzed and helpless.  When she was born, she was not blind, she was not deaf, and she was not paralyzed. Her APGAR scores were nine and ten.

The newest developments in Belgium society are that newborn babies are being killed and pharmacists are selling “euthanasia kits.”

Please publish the Belgium story to put them under pressure.  Stand up for your country and for Belgium.  You don’t have to be afraid.

Stephan Drake, Not Dead Yet organization

When I was born, the doctors put the odds at 100 to one that I would survive the night.  They worried that I might survive and I did. I am living against medical advice. 

The restriction of physician-assisted suicide to just the terminally ill should not be regarded as permanent.  We know their strategy.  They have laid it out for us. 

Alison Davis, No Less Human

Once I accidentally went into the wrong room where proponents of assisted suicide were working.  Everyone assumed I was pro-euthanasia because I am in a wheelchair.

The other side thinks we disabled people are clamoring for such laws.  Most of us are terrified of these people and we are afraid of euthanasia becoming law.

About twenty years ago, I just wanted to die and this feeling lasted for years. Once I took a large dose of pills, slashed my wrists, and then I drank an entire bottle of martini.  A friend took me to the Emergency Room where I was treated against my will.  If suicide had been legal then, I would have satisfied all the criteria. It took me years to decide that my life was worth living.  I have not thought about suicide since.  I had no idea of the good times that were ahead of me.

I have experienced much pain in my life.  When my pain is bad, I do not need to be told that I am burdensome.  I need to hear that my life has meaning.  The feeling that I may be abandoned is worse than any pain.

 

 

 

 

 

Web Site: The Compassionate Choice



Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!





Saving Bill Bailey by Alan Greenhalgh

A Short Story How Men's Sheds Save Lives..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Addiction: The Master Keys to Recovery by Dr. Michael De Vito

Read the book that "RUDY" from the NOTRE DAME Football Movie calls a "Valuable Tool for a Lifetime of Success."..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.