The following comes from an Oct. 29 story by Wesley J. Smith on LifeSiteNews.com.
Disability rights activists are among the most implacable and effective opponents of legalizing assisted suicide and euthanasia. In the USA, Not Dead Yet’s entry into the fray after the passage of Measure 16 in Oregon (1994), helped slow the advance of the killing agenda to a crawl.
Alarmed by the advocacy successes of these advocates, pro assisted suicide bankrollers funded Astroturf (as distinguished from “grass roots”) “disability rights” groups to support the killing agenda. Now the tactic is being tried in the UK as that country is dragged into yet another attempt to legalize physician-induced death.
Not Dead Yet UK is exposing the sham of an Astroturf group called Disability Activists for Dignity in Dying. From, “False Claims,” by Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick:
It is true they are all disabled people. However they are individuals with a point of view, not representatives of any disabled people’s organisation. For example, this new arm of the Dignity in Dying campaign, is led by wheelchair user Greg Judge. He is listed as a member of staff and is therefore paid by Dignity in Dying to represent the organisation’s core mission and values. Hardly representative!
Not Dead Yet UK, on the other hand, is a network of disabled people working largely pro bono and who have been mandated to represent the views of many disabled people. There is a real difference.
He’s right. For nearly 20 years, I have seen people with disabilities sacrifice their own money and suffer serious discomfort to protest and lobby against assisted suicide! They did so because they know disabled people are in the cross hairs–not because they were paid lobbyists who happen to be disabled. Huge difference.
Fitzpatrick highlights the danger to people with disabilities:
Dignity in Dying people know what the evidence shows – from Holland, where children over the age of 12 are entitled, and disabled babies are euthanized because of their disability, or because of their parents’ suffering, when the law was first introduced for exactly the kind of ‘desperate, hard case’ Dignity in Dying keeps promoting to gain public sympathy – from Belgium where people who are in need of support and care are euthanized – and where the current discussion to extend euthanasia to children is proceeding but where ‘We all know that euthanasia is already practiced on children….
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