Saturday, November 30, 2013

Devaluing People with Disabilities.... Again

I've said it before and I'll say it again: it is unacceptable for the value of human lives to be reduced to some notion of functionality. One rarely hears explicitly that the lives of the able-bodied and able-minded are more valuable than the lives of people with disabilities, but the idea is unquestionably "in the soup" of Western culture. It is deeply troubling to see this idea working itself out within our medical establishment. Please read this article on CNN describing the struggle of parents to save the life of their child, a child whose level of adult ability is yet undetermined. 

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