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Disabled Peoples Council outrage

9th November 2006

The United Kingdom Disabled Peoples Council are outraged by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology’s proposal to consider the active killing of  disabled babies as part of their submission to the Nuffield’s Foundation’s Bioethics Inquiry.

"What right does it give Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to decide who shall or shall not live?   It is not for medical professionals or indeed anyone else like families to determine whether someone else’s quality of life will be good simply on the grounds of impairment or health condition.    Quality of life is not determined by health condition rather by the love, support and access to an inclusive society that a disabled baby will receive and grow up in   There are many disabled people living on ventilation and requiring support in everything they do who live a very good life despite being ‘expected’ only to live for a few months or years.     If we start killing disabled babies what message are we giving to disabled children with the same conditions whilst they are growing up, that their lives are less valued than non disabled people?    No disabled baby should be killed regardless of nature or severity of impairment or health condition.   After all, how can it be in a baby’s best interests to be killed when she or he has not had the chance to experience how wonderful life can be?  We have the Suicide Act which prohibits assisted dying and this should remain the case both for disabled babies and adults alike.? says Simone Aspis (Parliamentary and Campaigns Worker).



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Article Information

Title: Disabled Peoples Council outrage
Author: Chris May
Article Id: 1051
Date Added: 9th Nov 2006

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