Disabled Picket Old People!

Written by on September 20, 2014 in Blog with 0 Comments

final-exodus-blog-3Here in Chicago, the World Federation of Right to Die Societies is in its second day of being picketed by members of the “Not Dead Yet” disabled persons organization.   These people seem to think we are out to do them in.   “We” are mostly people over 70, many of us, perhaps a majority, are over 80.  (Next day edit:  Now three days.)

The Not Dead Yet web site says that it “opposes legislation of assisted suicide and euthanasia as leading forms of discrimination against old, ill and disabled people.  Not Dead Yet demands the equal protection of the law for the targets of so-called ‘mercy killings’ whose lives are seen as worthless.”

The implication is that those of us in the right-to-die movement have intent to kill people against their will.  What a terrible misunderstanding.  We have no intent to do anything against any one’s will.  To the contrary, we wish to carry out the will of people – people who have intolerable suffering and want to die, or otherwise end an old but fulfilled life.    Most of us, if not all, believe that there are various forms of discrimination against disabled persons, and support them in trying to fix these problems.

This organization is not just in the U.S. but also in the U.K. and I assume elsewhere.  I have spoken to several people who have tried to talk to this organization, or to its protestors on the streets, and they say there is no use trying to get them to understand what we stand for.   This is sad.

The Chicago police have strongly advised us not to engage in discussion with them, for fear that this will lead to altercations, which then will lead to arrests. Further this is what the protestors want, because such arrest will lead to media coverage, which is really what they want.  How sad it is that our police feel need to so advise us.

Certainly arguing in the streets makes no sense.  I am hopeful that some forum can be found were our leaders can sit down with their leaders and have a frank discussion about who we are and what we stand for, and vice versa.  Then maybe some understanding on both sides can follow.

Bill

 

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