LETTER: Perils of Redefining the Ethics of Death
Parrington, Dr John, The Independent (London, England)
Sir: You don't have to be religious or an anti-abortionist to be concerned about where Peter Singer's arguments are leading ("Some people are more equal than others", 1 July). Singer argues that it is as acceptable to kill disabled human babies as it is to kill a defective animal.
Disabled people were the first victims of Hitler's extermination policies. A decree of 18 August 1939 instructed that all children under the age of three with disabilities be killed by lethal injection or excessive doses of medication. What began with babies ended up with the murder of teenagers and adults for "defects" as varied as schizophrenia, depression, mental retardation, …
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Publication information: Article title: LETTER: Perils of Redefining the Ethics of Death. Contributors: Parrington, Dr John - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: July 3, 2004. Page number: 37. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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