Saturday, March 19, 2005

From A Disability Vendetta Surfaces in Hollywood

Here's a scary excerpt from an article from titled "Oscars for the Culture of Death: A 'Disability Vendetta' Surfaces in Hollywood." I can't find a link to the whole article, I received it by email (let me know if you want the whole thing). But this part is eerily relevant in light of what's being done to Terri Schiavo:
From London, Jane Campbell, a commissioner for the Disability Rights Commission, spoke of her experience suffering from spinal muscular atrophy. Writing in the Times on Dec. 2, she explained what happened when in January 2004 she was admitted to hospital with severe pneumonia.

The consultant who was treating her commented that if she were to go into respiratory failure "he assumed that I would not want to be resuscitated on a ventilator." She replied: "Of course I would want to be ventilated." The same scenario was repeated the following day with another consultant, and Campbell feared for her life. Scared that the doctors would let her die, she refused to sleep for the next 48 hours.

"This incident, and similar ones that come to the attention of the Disability Rights Commission, reflect society's view that people such as myself live flawed and unsustainable lives and that death is preferable to living with a severe impairment," she explained in the article.

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