Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Respect, Dignity, Humanity

You've probably read this story over the last few days, about a young man being denied a heart transplant because he is autistic.

Remember the little girl who was denied a kidney transplant - a kidney to be donated by her own family - because she was "mentally retarded"?

Remember the doctor who administered a lethal dose of drugs to a brain-damaged young man in order to hasten the harvesting of his organs?

Oh, and then there's this ten-year-old who was denied a freaking HAIRCUT because of his autism.

How about this disgusting "demotivational" poster someone on the internet came up with?
Or how about insurance companies that won't cover ABA therapy, even though Medicaid recognizes it as an important treatment for autistic people?

There are too many examples of ways our society treats people with autism or mental disabilities as Other, as Less. Every person born into this world deserves to be treated with dignity. Every person born into this world deserves a chance to live a life that is meaningful to himself or herself.

The Torah teaches that all people are made in the image of God. I encourage you to check out this beautifully nuanced reading of Leviticus that sums up better than I can that "people with disabilities are not viewed by the Torah as broken or imperfect creatures, but rather as beings charged with living their lives with holiness"


And for what it's worth, visit Change.org and sign this petition to show support for Paul Corby. Maybe he'll get that transplant after all.

4 comments:

  1. Actually, I thought the demotivational was pretty funny. They're supposed to be politically incorrect and crude, you know.

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  2. This sickens me my baby sister is autistic and I have Asperger's and most never know that I even have it! Judgmental assholes are the only ones with a disease they are nothing more than a dampening in the hearts of those who are greatly whole hearted!

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  3. The poster is just another example of how cruel people are to the most defenseless. The person who thought it was funny has no understanding of how cruelty disguised as humor is ruining society and devalues human life.

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    1. I totally agree, but they aren't defenceless. The doctor and Sherlock Holmes for example. : )

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Keep it civil, people.