Monday, July 09, 2007

On Assisted Suicide: Bigotry Against the Disabled

Human Life Matters on assisted suicide:

On June 5th 2007 George Delury (74) committed suicide. For those readers who don’t remember him, Delury gained notoriety for 1995 assisting the suicide of his wife, Myrna Lebov (52) at their Manhattan apartment. Although euthanasia advocates initially expressed confidence that Lebov had not been coerced, nothing could have been further from the truth. That’s exactly what happened! Delury let his wife know, in no uncertain terms, that she was a burden on him. Four months before his wife’s death, Delury made the following entry in his diary (which he let Myrna read):

“I have work to do, people to see, places to travel. But no one asks about my needs. I have fallen prey to the tyranny of a victim. You are sucking my life out of my [sic] like a vampire and nobody cares. In fact it appears that I am about to be cast in the role of villain because I no longer believe in you.”


People with chronic illnesses or serious disabilities live in an intolerant world that celebrates youth, beauty and health more than love. Each time I hear of an assisted suicide I wonder how many rolled eyes or gritted teeth the person saw. How many exasperated sighs did they hear when they asked for help?

Each time a public opinion poll reveals that 70% of Canadians favor assisted suicide, it reminds me that most of my fellow Canadian citizens believe its better to be dead than disabled and they agree with helping the disabled person kill themselves. They consider it compassionate.

The rest of the post is really good, too.

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