Join Free! | Login    
   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!


Featured Authors:  Brainard Braimah, iShelley Costello, iD. Enise, iKen Brosky, iM Cates, iJames Becher, iSage Sweetwater, i

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

Jane St Clair

· + Follow Me
· 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
Starlight On Stone NORTH (ebook)
by Jansen Estrup

At the end of a thousand year old Anatolian empire, two warriors are dispatched on a desperate peace mission...  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

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

  Print   Save    Follow    Share 

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
           >> View all

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!

Popular Health/Wellness Articles
  1. ORDEAL !
  2. Is It Stress or Burnout? 7 Signs You Shou
  3. 2014 Top Recommended Health Products
  4. little known ways to increase your energy
  5. Medical Marijuana
  6. Welcome to my West Virginia
  7. Stories and the Brain
  8. Support Groups and Asthma Organizations Th
  9. My Old Kentucky Garden
  10. My dance with breast cancer

The Secrets of Staying Young by Nina Anderson

Natural ways to turn back the clock. The latest information on how to become wrinkle resistant and fight the signs of aging. ..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Mom's Story, A Child Learns About MS by Mary Nickum

Mom’s Story; A Child Learns About MS tells the story of a young girl who sees her mother with some frightening health problems and learns she has MS but she will not die from it...  
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.