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I submit to you that we consider them expendable "useless eaters" in Hitler's words only at our own deadly peril.
for what is done to them when they are denied equal human rights may then be done to US.
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I have shown the ambiguous treatment of our retarded brothers and sisters in our own country today, and I have shown from my own experience that a mentally handicapped person, or baby coming into our lives, is not a "useless eater" but a potential blessing of lived-out love, and of warmth and beauty in human relations entirely independent of the elitist fetish of l. I close as I began, with John Donne's words "Ask not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee," and with the words of my Lord and my Savior, Jesus Christ: "As you have done it to these the least of my brethren, you have done it unto me.
Many Germans shared the Nazi position, priding themselves on their high education and intelligence. Leo Alexander, observer at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Today it is recognized that most mentally handicapped people are entirely harmless, and capable of being "mainstreamed" into normal society. She contributes to her support and my life by daily eager and useful help in home and garden.
Yet the view of the mentally retarded as somehow "subhuman" still prevails among the uninformed, and it is fostered by certain elitist thinkers who would have us believe that the quality of life depends primarily upon a person's 1.0. Joseph Fletcher, the father of "Situation ethics", would have us terminate the lives of anyone below an 1.0. Above all she overflows with the intuitive love of other people and affectionate nature for which Downs' Syndrome children are well known. is not a handicap at all in loving interpersonal relations!
This fact is acknowledged in an editorial in California Medicine, Vol. This ethic has had the blessing of the Judeo-Christian heritage. describes the methods used by the Nazis and their medical henchmen in his devastating documentary report on human violence, A Sign for Cain. The methods were starvation, injections, and experimental gassing. Lastly, in April 1982 an infant born with Downs' Syndrome in Bloomington, Indiana was "medically treated" for malfunction of his esophagus not by corrective surgery but by being starved to death; this was the first time in U. history that deliberate starvation was imposed with the official approval of a United States District Court (and while several adoptive parents stood by).
Even under Christian rule the care of the retarded was often reduced to the barest minimum; however, at least the moral obligation to them was acknowledged. The infamous "Zyklon B" cyanide crystals later employed to murder millions of European Jews were first tested in German asylums for the retarded, such as Hadamar, What was done first to the defenseless retarded would soon include other defenseless people labeled "subhuman" or "useless eaters" in their turn. Paradoxically, those retarded people who are allowed to live in our country enjoy perhaps the most humane and beneficial treatment ever. Melinda Jones, special education teacher at Fabrique Elementary School in Wichita, yielded the following information: Public Law 94-142 lays down strict provisions for parental consent to student placement, for related services, for qualifications of personnel, and for thorough keeping of records to safeguard the rights of handicapped children. Jones is the teacher of my daughter, and I have only good things to say about the Wichita special education program.