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Better Off Dead?


Princeton University ethicist Peter Singer (pictured right) has argued that "killing a defective infant is not morally equivalent to killing a person. Sometimes it is not wrong at all" (Singer 323), a perspective with which many scholars and activists disagree. Among the organizations taking a stand against what they see as inhumane and unethical trends in scholarship and public policy is the group Not Dead Yet, which fights against legislation permitting physician-assisted suicide (PAS). Human rights lawyer Harriet McBryde Johnson (pictured left) has also expressed her opposition to the medical killing of people with disabilities and has debated publicly with Singer on this issue. Her experience of these debates is recorded in her article, "Unspeakable Conversations."


The following sites, developed by BCC students, help illustrate some of the issues at stake: Aktion T4, and Not Dead Yet.


Works Cited


Drake, Stephen. Not Dead Yet. Blogger (Not Dead Yet), n.d. Web. 1 Feb 2011.


Johnson, Harriet McBryde. "Unspeakable Conversations." New York Times Magazine. New York Times, 16 Feb 2003. Web. 30 Jan 2011.


Singer, Peter. Writings on an Ethical Life. New York: Ecco Press, 2000. Print.


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