[nfbwatlk] issues raised by the article on abortion based on disability of fetus
gabias at telus.net
Fri Apr 12 02:01:45 UTC 2013
Wow! That's an article that will give many of us much to think about.
Without getting into the specifics of abortion, which would not be
appropriate for this list, a press release issued by the NFB national office
a few weeks ago strikes what I believe is just the right tone.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)
cdanielsen at nfb.org
National Federation of the Blind Comments on Belgian Euthanasia of Deaf Men
Baltimore, Maryland (January 15, 2013): The National Federation of the
Blind, the largest organization of blind people in the United States with
over 50,000 members, including many deaf-blind individuals, commented today
on the state-sanctioned death by lethal injection of deaf twins in Belgium.
Upon learning that they were also going blind, the deaf twins sought and
were granted euthanasia.
Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind
<http://www.facebook.com/NationalFederationoftheBlind> , said: "This
disturbing news from Belgium is a stark example of the common, and in this
case tragic, misunderstanding of disability and its consequences.
Adjustment to any disability is difficult, and deaf-blind people face their
own particular challenges, but from at least the time of Helen Keller it has
been known that these challenges can be met, and the technology and services
available today have vastly improved prospects for the deaf-blind and others
with disabilities. That these men wanted to die is tragic; that the state
sanctioned and aided their suicide is frightening."
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