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Dr. Phil Show: “Mercy Kill” People with Disabilities
Life News ^ | 4/16/12 | Cassy Fiano

Posted on 04/16/2012 4:37:55 PM PDT by wagglebee

This week on the popular Dr. Phil Show, a mother named Annette Corriveau was featured. She’s special because she wants the right to be able to kill her children.

That’s right. She is the mother of two severely disabled adult children, and she feels that the moral thing to do would be to kill them by lethal injection, to end their “suffering.” Her children were diagnosed with Sanfilippo syndrome, causing them to lose motor function and be institutionalized. They cannot speak, and they have to be fed through feeding tubes. Any more information on their condition wasn’t made clear – probably because, as Annette admitted, she visits her children only once every two months. The people who actually work with her children every day, and see them on a regular basis, and could therefore give a better idea of what their lives are like, were not interviewed for the show. We had only Annette’s point of view, which is that – according to her – if her children could choose, they would choose suicide.

She admits that she doesn’t know if they are in pain. She doesn’t know if they’re deaf or blind. She doesn’t know if they recognize her or not, and she doesn’t know what actions and activities, if any, are comforting to them. She doesn’t know if they are able to communicate in any way. She says that they’ve never left the facility they’re in over the past twenty years, but she also doesn’t disclose if she’s done anything to try to take her children out on trips – although considering that she visits them only once every two months, my guess would be no.

Yet she feels that, because she is their mother, she should be allowed to end their lives – because she doesn’t think their quality of life is worth living for.

Also invited on the show? Attorney Geoffrey Fleiger, who defended the infamous Dr. Jack Kevorkian. As we all know, Dr. Kevorkian performed assisted suicides for his patients, and the argument being made is that this is the same thing: helping people put themselves out of their own misery.

Assisted suicide arguments aside, there is a glaring difference between what Dr. Kevorkian was doing and what Annette Corriveau is advocating: these children wouldn’t be committing suicide. They wouldn’t be calling Dr. Kevorkian themselves. They aren’t consciously making that decision. It is a choice being made for them, by the person who is supposed to love and protect them. No matter how sympathetic you try to make yourself seem, this is murder, plain and simple. Taking someone’s life and calling it “merciful” does not change the fact that you are taking someone’s life.

The most disturbing part of all? Dr. Phil offered a weak rebuttal to her argument, but he still went on calling this an act of mercy to her children. He then polled the audience to see how many of them agreed with this mother.

Almost every single member of the audience did.

The woman crying at the end of that video was the one person speaking out for those children. She was given all of a minute, tops, to make her case for why murdering people with severe disabilities is abhorrent and wrong. And in that minute, she was able to pretty much hit the nail on the head: that you can’t kill your children just because it’s too much work for you to keep them alive.

This isn’t the first time Annette Corriveau has spoken publicly about this issue. She was featured in a documentary, Taking Mercy, along with a father who actually did kill his disabled daughter in the name of “mercy.” (You can watch the video here – it’s about fifteen minutes long.)

Robert Latimer, the other parent in Taking Mercy, murdered his daughter to end her “suffering” by putting her in the cab of his truck and letting her die of carbon monoxide poisoning. The affliction that meant that her life was not worth living? Cerebral palsy.

These two parents want to make it legal to murder your children if, as a parent, you feel that their lives aren’t worth living, because they are supposedly suffering too much. And what makes a life not worth living? Apparently, having a disability.

While you can’t argue that Annette Corriveau’s children are severely disabled, Robert Latimer’s daughter was nowhere near them in terms of disability. You can see her in videos, laughing and smiling. The reason he decided to kill her? She had to have surgery to repair her hip, another surgery in a long line of them, and he felt that her life was too “painful” to live. He says that after she died, he knew she was at peace. And of course, so was he.

What makes these people think they have the right to decide whether their child gets to live or die? Annette Corriveau repeatedly says that you can’t judge her unless you’ve “walked in her moccasins,” but that is a load of nonsense. This has nothing to do with being judgmental, and everything to do with refusing to open the door to euthanasia.

It’s repeatedly said that this should be between the parent and the physician, and no one else, but it isn’t the parent’s choice to make. You don’t get to decide whether someone’s life is worth living or not. You don’t get to decide that it’s better to murder people than let to let them live.

Perhaps the most frightening aspect of this entire argument – that “mercy killing” should be legalized – is the potential for a deadly slippery slope. If they get their way, then who gets to decide what the marker for quality of life is? Who chooses when life is worth living for someone else? What disabilities deserve a death sentence? Sure, Annette Corriveau’s children are severely disabled. But what about parents who feel that their child with, say, Down syndrome has poor quality of life and doesn’t deserve to live? Multiple sclerosis? Muscular dystrophy? Cerebral palsy?

There are hundreds of thousands of people in the world living with disabilities, and I’m sure they wouldn’t want someone deciding for them that their lives aren’t worth living and that as such, they’ll be murdered. The fact that this issue has been brought to prominence on The Dr. Phil Show and portrayed as a legitimate issue of compassion and mercy is horrifying; even worse is that so many of his viewers apparently feel that killing someone because of a disability is A-OK.

The reality here is that no one gets to play God and decide who lives and who dies, or whose life is worthwhile and whose isn’t. Just because you brought your children into the world doesn’t mean that you have the right to take them out of the world, whether it’s done in the name of mercy or not. Because no matter how you may try to paint the picture, there is absolutely nothing merciful or compassionate about murder.

LifeNews Note: Cassy Fiano is a twenty-something Florida native now living in Jacksonville, North Carolina who writes at a number of conservative web sites. She got her start in journalism at the Florida Times-Union. She is currently pregnant with her second son, who was recently diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drphil; euthanasia; moralabsolutes; prolife; vanity
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To: wagglebee

lunatics running asylum.

21 posted on 04/16/2012 5:19:39 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Those with disabilities will be next, but guess who has the greatest disability in the eyes of the liberal immoralist? The Christian.

22 posted on 04/16/2012 5:36:24 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: wagglebee
Also invited on the show? Attorney Geoffrey Feiger

This guy is the epitome of scumbag, ambulance chasing, slimeball attorneys........

Here in the metro Detoit area he constantly has ads running on the local news programs.......especially during "Black History Month"........

23 posted on 04/16/2012 5:39:11 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Would I like to be young again? No, I worked too hard to get here, I don't want to do it again)
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To: wagglebee

Isn’t liberalism a mental disability?

24 posted on 04/16/2012 5:53:11 PM PDT by rfreedom4u (Just because someone thinks it's a good idea doesn't make it legal.)
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To: huldah1776

Yet at the same time, they are quite happy with faux-Christians, those who aren’t so Bible, faith, family, morality, sexuality, and who have core values-oriented.

You know, who call themselves Christian, but also worship Ba’al (Moloch), Mammon, and whatever other gods is trendy this week.

25 posted on 04/16/2012 5:53:36 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("It is already like a government job," he said, "but with goats." -- Iranian goat smuggler)
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To: wagglebee
Sanfillipo syndrome is very rare, affecting between one in 50,000 to one in 150,000 births. The patients seldom live beyond teens or early twenties.

The continuing tension is whether to honor the sanctity of life or the convenience of caregivers. This woman has essentially abandoned her child.

By contrast, I know a woman who had a profoundly retarded son, kept him at home and took care of him his entire life well into his twenties. She never faltered, never complained.

The only thing she ever asked of others was that they collect store coupons for adult diapers so she could save a little money. Her faith was her rock. She was not intellectually sophisticated, would not have even comprehended this article.

All she knew was she loved her son and that was enough. I'd like to think some day that I was as good a person as this simple sweet woman. I doubt I'll make it though.

26 posted on 04/16/2012 6:16:07 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: wagglebee
I had a bright student who was severely handicapped. He needed a special desk, and his mother would bring him to class and stay with him because he could not handle a wheelchair. He had an incredibly positive outlook and enjoyed life and was an inspiration for others. A couple years later he died, having lived longer than expected. He is missed by his family, others who were in the class with him and by me. I just wish I could have done more for him. To say that someones life is not worth living is outrageous.
27 posted on 04/16/2012 6:24:47 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: wagglebee

A friend of mine is a major league immunology researcher at a major university. She has been blind from birth (5% vision in her right eye, nothing in the left eye), and her mother had the gall to tell her that if it was Germany in the 1930’s, she would take her to one of the special hospitals to be “taken care of” (”euthanised”). So this person who was written off winds up getting her PhD in microbiology, some of her research papers before she got her PhD cited internationally, and is now on the research faculty (some interesting papers on the workings and vulnerabilities of cancer cells in peer review).
Needless to say, my friend is very much pro life. She asks the question “Who have we thrown away?” Einstein. Beethoven. Steven Hawking.
She is also one heck of a speed skater.

28 posted on 04/16/2012 6:34:17 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is the operational wing of CPUSA.)
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To: wagglebee
The most disturbing part of all? Dr. Phil offered a weak rebuttal to her argument, but he still went on calling this an act of mercy to her children. He then polled the audience to see how many of them agreed with this mother. Almost every single member of the audience did.

One doesn't have to wonder how the nazis committed their crimes in public. A bit of propaganda is all it takes to sway the dolts in this audience. They can't think for themselves. They're waiting for a dictator to tell them what to think.

29 posted on 04/16/2012 6:47:00 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: 6SJ7
Once again history repeats itself. These are exactly, precisely, almost word-for-word the same "arguments" made in the Nazi Aktion T4 program. Read up on it yourself and see if you don't find the words hauntingly and frighteningly familiar. The blood of 10+million dead is crying out from the soils of Europe.

"60,000 Reichsmarks is what this person suffering from a hereditary defect costs the People's community during his lifetime. Fellow citizen, that is your money too. Read '[A] New People', the monthly magazine of the Bureau for Race Politics of the NSDAP."

30 posted on 04/16/2012 6:58:54 PM PDT by chimera
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To: wagglebee
It's like the article says, it leads to a slippery slope. In parts of Europe, euthanasia was supposed to only end suffering for people who were already dying and wanted put an end to it and now doctors are being instructed to kill patients without knowing what the patients want. One can only imagine what it will lead to if it goes unchecked.
31 posted on 04/16/2012 7:06:40 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A liberal's compassion is limited to the size of other peoples' paychecks)
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To: wagglebee

Where’s the link?

32 posted on 04/16/2012 7:08:36 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: wagglebee

They will get this “right” to kill the severely handicapped and progress on to the old and simply unwanted. It’s the natural progression of “logic” uninformed by a soul. Humanism has no ethical and moral limits. A humanist state with centralized power is a killing machine.

33 posted on 04/16/2012 7:54:59 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: A.A. Cunningham

It looks like I forgot the post the link, I just alerted the mods.

34 posted on 04/17/2012 5:36:04 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

People generally approve of the abortion of Down’s Syndrome infants, so they’ve already accepted the premise that handicapped children are better off dead.

This is the logical conclusion.

35 posted on 04/17/2012 5:46:22 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: wagglebee

There is a poll on Dr. Phil’s website.

You can FReep the poll here:

36 posted on 04/17/2012 6:46:32 AM PDT by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: wagglebee
"Dr Phil Show: “Mercy Kill” People with Disabilities"

And I say that we should start with anyone who watches the Dr. Phil Show ...

37 posted on 04/17/2012 6:51:15 AM PDT by BlueLancer ("No friend ever served me, and no enemy ever wronged me, whom I have not repaid in full" (Sulla))
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To: chimera
Lebens unwertes leben ...

Whats the difference between the Democrat Party and the National Socialist German Workers' Party?

38 posted on 04/17/2012 7:00:05 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: wagglebee

What makes these people think they have the right to decide whether their child gets to live or die?

Roe v Wade of course./ sarc

39 posted on 04/17/2012 3:30:40 PM PDT by Eagles6
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To: wagglebee

Not him or Oprah though. Hands off the elite.

40 posted on 04/17/2012 3:31:57 PM PDT by floriduh voter (I have no comment.)
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