Tonight (March 16) Global News is doing a ‘live blog’ promoting the killing of children with disabilities. The Canadian news network is calling it a ‘discussion,’ but they’re misleading people. They have a three-person panel. The first person is convicted killer Robert Latimer, who killed his 12-year-old daughter Tracy by gassing her in the cab of his truck. There is a woman who has two institutionalized sons and wants to be able to - I guess “put them down” would be the term. They also have ‘ethicist’ Arthur Schafer, who is on record as being in favor about just about any killing of old, ill or disabled persons as long as the killer says they did it out of mercy.
The live blog is starting at 8:00 pm EST and will run until midnight. They are already taking comments (which run by a moderator.
Follow the link and you’ll find direct links to comment on the discussion. Please do if you can manage it. This is horrifying. Note that lots of disabled commenters are not seeing our comments coming through. (And for those who actually think this is ever okay — this is killing people who never asked to die, where it’s just assumed, in the face of much evidence to the contrary, that we’d want to die. I say we because I fit well into the demographic this happens to.)
For reference, Arthur Schafer argued in favour of Robert Latimer (one of the other panelists) being set free. Which makes this ridiculous biased and circle-jerk panel, and obviously so to anyone who takes two seconds to use google. Sadly, that probably won’t be a lot of people.
At least TRY and show both sides of the story, Global News.
I am very much torn by this issue. On the one hand, people should have the right to suicide - whether “assisted” or not, that’s a different debate I don’t want to go into. With children, it’s tough because they often don’t have the “cognitive tools” to make such a decision, but their parents do.
The problem I have with euthanasia in Canada is that it’s often administered to unwilling adults and nobody seems to care. We have numerous cancer patients, some as young as 40 and 50 who are deemed “unsalvageable” by some doctor (often bribed by a family member who’s in the will) who are then slowly killed with huge radiation doses deemed “palliative” (i.e., with no hope of successful treatment, just to shorten life). Once that person is beyond recovery, the decision is made to “curb their suffering”. The problem is that such cancers are often treatable and for many of the people such killed, there are relatives willing to care for them so that they are not in any way a “drag” on the rest of the society.
Based on what I have seen in Canadian hospitals, the warning signals some tried to raise in USA about “death by committee” is a reality here.