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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Unholy alliance for reverse euthanasia

I mentioned (March 23) Tom Harkin's role as a mouthpiece for the disability industry in aiding and abetting Tom DeLay's Schiavo circus.

(The Dem House and Senate performance has, so far as I can tell, passed relatively unscathed by DEWDROP criticism.)

The Boston Globe has a piece on their forging an alliance of fanaticism with the religious right.

Harkin gets his name in lights:
Harkin is a longtime ally of disability groups and a coauthor of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. Last week, he worked with Senator Mel Martinez, Republican of Florida, and Senator Rick Santorum, Republican of Pennsylvania, on legislation allowing federal review of the Schiavo case.

''Senator Harkin's role was very, very key in terms of Senate leadership. Because Senator Harkin has been a leader on disability rights, Democrats were willing to give him deference, " said Marilyn Golden, policy analyst at the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund.

How much of the Senate Dem no-show on S 686 was down to the Harkin deference factor, I wonder?

The disability industry shares the religious right's rejection of pragmatism and common sense in rejecting the widely held (even in majority-creationist America!) beliefs about quality of life that are informing current poll majorities against the Schiavo circus, whilst at the same time
Disabled-rights supporters ''as a whole lean toward being prochoice"

They would, one suspects, prefer abortions to be performed for purely social reasons than on the grounds of fetal abnormality - if, indeed, they would accept the validity of such a term!

I wonder whether this alliance wouldn't make the politics of holding the line against increased government interference in end-of-life issues a little easier: a pair of extremist camps, offering ample opportunities to drive wedges between them.

If only there were leaders in Congress with the nous and determination to manage the job...

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