Sunday, December 5, 2010

Yes, There Is An Alternative To Murder Of The Disabled

Finally, some pushback to the coming sainthood of murderer Robert Latimer. It’s about time.
Latimer chose one path, this family chose the other
In the fall of 1993 two families — one on a Saskatchewan farm, the other in downtown Toronto — made life-and-death decisions about their daughters’ futures.
Both girls, one nearly 13 at the time, the other almost 18, had profound developmental disabilities.
In Saskatchewan, Robert Latimer ended his daughter Tracy’s life, later saying in interviews he acted “out of love” to end her suffering.
In Toronto, Christy and Bill Barber were appalled when their daughter Nancy became grievously ill and an intern asked, “Would you like us to do everything we can?” Nancy had developed peritonitis after a procedure to insert a feeding tube and required emergency surgery. more

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