Drudge includes a link to the Pope's comments:
sounds like he is criticizing the latest disability snuff film, me against you, where a guy can't live his affluent lifestyle so offs himself.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis scathingly decried the pursuit for perfect bodies on Sunday, saying such obsession leads to society hiding away the disabled to avoid offending sensibilities of what he termed "the privileged few."
In St. Peter's Square, Francis celebrated Mass dedicated to disabled people and their caregivers, then spent time chatting with and hugging many of them at the end of the service. "It is thought that sick or disabled persons cannot be happy, since they cannot live the lifestyle held up by the culture of pleasure and entertainment," Francis said in his homily.
"In an age when care for one's body has become an obsession and a big business, anything that is imperfect has to be hidden away, since it threatens the happiness and serenity of the privileged few and endangers the dominant model."
... Francis has used his papacy to champion the cause of those marginalized in societies where wealth and other financial achievements are prized over inner worth.If you are not worried about this trend, you should be, because behind this propaganda campaign is the idea that the old, the disabled, or the poor are inferior and should have their "medical treatment" limited by futile care ideas or by QALY criteria.
The joke is that "Women and minorities are affected the most", but alas, in this case, it is true.
The Disability group "Not Dead Yet" has an essay by one of their black members, who notes that the black community are not involved in this, since they see it as a "white" problem...
Many Black folks who I talk to about the anti assisted suicide movement say “that’s a White thing, we don’t do that stuff”. They ask me why have I devoted myself to a predominantly White issue....
Physician assisted suicide and euthanasia of people with disabilities is a deadly form of discrimination resulting from the fact that doctors and others do not see the lives of people with disabilities as valuable. This mirrors society’s beliefs that our lives are not worth living and that it is better to be dead than disabled...
Blacks will get caught up because due to medical racism, the lives of Blacks are already seen as less worthy than Whites. That’s even more so with Blacks with disabilities. Our families are pressured to withdraw life support for loved ones or we fall under state’s futility laws....As a physician I have seen medical bias against my AmerIndian patients, especially when they were old or handicapped: but it backfired: the reason so many of our patients chose "futile" treatments was because they suspected they would be denied care that would prolong their lives...
an example is when one of our nursing home patients aspirated a piece of food, partially blocking her trachea. An immediate bronchoscopy would have saved her life, but since she had a "DNR" order she was allowed to die. After that, no one would sign a DNR order....
Then we had a stroke patient who was confused and transferred back to the IHS hospital so the nurses could communicate in Lakota while she recovered. Because of a (usually temporary) disability in swallowing, the attending doc put in a feeding tube and asked the ER doc, a moonlighting resident from Baltimore, to check the position of the tube after the X ray was done.
The temporary doc said: Why not just give her morphine, haha. And repeated the comment when the doctor asked what he meant (he meant to sedate her and let her starve to death, or maybe just to "accidentally" overdose her on morphine).
The doc said wryly that "we don't do things like that here", and told the nurse he'd be back in a few hours to check the X ray. (I was an observer, and did not interfere with the conversation: My next door neighbor was an AIM activist, so I planned to notify her if this had been done).
now, this was 20 years ago. How many minority patients in Baltimore have been given "morphine, haha" by this physician?
Related item: AlJ article on hospice nurses and those they serve.