Death by indifference…

August 26, 2007 at 8:17 AM (Katrina) ()

At this link, and discussed on CNN earlier this morning…

Even though several medical experts classified questionable deaths in a hospital at the center of Katrina two years ago “homicides…” the perpetrators will not be indicted let alone convicted and the case is closed.
After the dismissal, the doctor involved admitted giving those doses, but that she saw the patient’s deaths’ resulting from those dosages as ‘helping’ them…

I’d like to ask the district attorney that closed this case:

Are you indicating that Katrina created a new category of permissible killing….Medical death dealing by morphine and versed *acceptable* under the law because of an ill prepared government?

Are you indicating that certain lives…the “difficult to move,” are expendable in certain situations?

Please elaborate.

Those of us who are *difficult to move* would like to know.

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And, in California…an assisted suicide law modeled closely on Oregon’s present law is narrowly defeated…

Via the Disability Studies Blog, the LA Times is puzzled that some disabled activists oppose ‘right to die’ legislation, since they often fightfor individual liberty.

Point one: Sometimes we cost a lot to keep alive.

Point two: We have to *be* alive to enjoy our individual rights and liberties.

Point three: No corporation or care site should be given any more traction or *positive* feedback in relation to the idea that inimical pressure to consent to euthanasia, or actually taking that step is actually a positive cog in the machine of health care cost containment.

I understand that supporters of the law in California would never *mean* for it to be used in that way…that the law on paper has *safeguards* against any such thing.

But media and legislators set up this law and are embracing the *theory* in it, the *idea* of how it would be implemented.

A significant quote from the article:

Disability rights advocates “have a lot of credibility on this,” said Marilyn Golden, a policy analyst for the Berkeley-based Disability Rights Education Defense Fund who lobbied hard against AB 374. “We are on the front lines of this issue as it actually plays out in the medical system.”

Disabled and chronically ill and elderly people are where that rubber hits the road. We are always at that space where such laws become practice, and fact and day to day decision making.

Life cannot be *made* cost effective for many of us…and we fear that “market forces” will drive us out of existence.

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