Friday, 3 May 2013

UK Disability Activist lays challenge to UK Dignity in Dying chief

The following news release and letter was issued by the ALERT organisation in the UK that serves to 'warn people of the dangers of any type of euthanasia legislation and pro-death initiatives.'


Nikki Kenward, who was 'locked in' for almost a year following an attack of Guillan Barre syndrome in 1990 and who still uses a wheelchair says that the campaign for assisted suicide in the UK may be putting the lives of disabled and other vulnerable people at risk.


(You can read Nikki's story at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-


Nikki's 'Open Letter to Sarah Wooton, Chief Executive of Dignity in Dying follows in full:


OPEN LETTER TO SARAH WOOTTON,

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF DIGNITY IN DYING

A meme is "an idea, behaviour, or style that spreads 
from person to person within a culture”.

Sarah, I would like to begin by asking a simple question. Is your world full of lovely, 
caring, sensible people who only want the best for others and see, in that glistening 
blue sky, that is their future, a sure and meaningful death should they ever succumb
to terminal or disabling illness? In your recent publication you state that “80 per cent
of the British population” support euthanasia (although you seem strangely reticent 
to use the term too often).

So that’s 80 per cent saying they don’t want to be disabled, they would rather be 
dead than be me. You’re hooking in to people’s worst fears and using them for a 
campaign that will generate only more hatred and visceral fear of the unknown. We 
who live with disability every day have first-hand knowledge of such attitudes and it 
is even more significant that you fail to notice that not one organisation for “us” has 
backed your campaign. Doesn’t that say something to you?

Despite saying that you only work for those with a terminal illness you’ve been quick 
enough to take up people who are not imminently facing death, such as the Deborah 
Purdys and, heaven forfend, the Christopher Woodheads of this world, who are 
ready to be your groupies, whatever the cost to the rest of us. Think deeply, Ms
Wooton you are creating a meme, an idea, a practice, that people like them, will, in 
their last sad days, lick around you for. They fail to realise that the lick contains a 
future full of greedy relatives, dodgy doctors, grabbing insurance brokers, mealy 
mouthed horrors of parliamentary rogues, whose present careless and care - less 
attitude will bring children, old people and the vulnerable to your door. 

So, before you open your door I invite you to meet with me, I suggest a public 
debate, me, you, and maybe one or two of my “supporters”, instead of yours, just for 
a change. Prove to me that your blue world exists and that I am just one of those 
disabled people cynical with the world and closed to the kindness you offer me. Go 
on talk to me Sarah, talk to us. We could be “dying” to listen.

Nikki Kenward


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