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  • Is it still a capital offence to have Down Syndrome?

    This paper looks at the discriminatory behaviour of withholding medical care when a baby is born with Down Syndrome and a physical problem that needs treatment. While the author believes the incidence of withholding such medical treatment is now less, it argues that the problem has not gone away altogether.

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  • Euthanasia and mental retardation: Suggesting the unthinkable

    This paper provides historical background to euthanasia of people with disabilities, covering the eugenics movement, the state program adopted by Nazi Germany and fears about current practices today. It should be read in conjunction with File numbers 10346, 10347 and 10348. Keyword: Ethics

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  • The killing thought in the eugenic era and today: A commentary on Hollander's essay

    This paper was written as a response to "Euthanasia and Mental Retardation: Suggesting the Unthinkable" by Russell Hollander (File Number 10345) and should be read in conjunction with File numbers 10347 and 10348. The author supports Hollander's article and describes "the killing thought" - a term coined by the artist...

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  • From Munchausen to Cassandra: A critique of Hollander's "Euthanasia and Mental Retardation"

    This article should be read in conjunction with File numbers 10345, 10346 and 10348. The author believes that Hollander's central argument is valid. His critique centre's upon Hollander's "flimsy evidence" and "lack of supportive data" for his assertions.

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  • Response to Wolfensberger and Heifetz

    This article should be read in conjunction with File numbers 10345, 10346 and 10347. The author takes the responses of Wolfensberger and Heifetz to his article, "Euthanasia and Mental Retardation: Suggesting the Unthinkable" and enlarges on his original arguments. Keyword: Ethics

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  • The right to die

    This paper analyses and comments on the Victorian Medical Treatment Act of 1987 which "strengthens each person's common law rights to refuse medical treatment". The paper argues that the Act support euthanasia and also raises the point that because people with mental illnesses or disabilities may not be responsive to...

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  • Aborting defective foetuses - what will it do?

    This brief article criticises abortion for genetic reasons. The author argues that this kind of abortion is not about a woman's right to choose but about making decisions based on cultural assumptions which have been shaped by discriminatory attitudes and practices against disabled people. Keyword: Ethics

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  • The Dutch Experience

    This article examines euthanasia practices in Holland and describes 2 flaws in the practice - that it has the nonsensical aim of convincing people they can have better options than life and that it is based on value judgements.

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  • Death - Making in Human Services

    This paper looks at "our fixation on the notion of 'death with dignity' (which) has psychological roots in the fear of being completely dependent on other" and relates it to the fact that euthanasia is gaining world-wide popular support.

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  • The forgotten holocaust

    This article reminds people of the "killing thoughts" that led the German welfare and medical establishment to eradicate people with disabilities, elderly people and people with odd shaped eyes and ears. it was written to remind people about the ease with which the annihilation of such people was allowed to happen.

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