I thought it very interesting how the class that was supposed to be dedicated to discussing films and representations of people with disabilities in the media, and how quickly it turned into a pretty in-depth discussion about the hot topic issue of patient assisted suicide, something I consider to be akin to euthanasia. It really says something about a society which condones things such as physician assisted suicide and selective abortion for people with disabilities. These are things usually associated with the treatment of pets or other animals. We put them down for a variety of reasons, usually because we are feel sympathetic for their pain and suffering, along with their loss Of autonomy. This is no less true than in the main justification for physician-assisted suicide among humans. That would be treating other human beings as if they were animals just because they have some "terminal" condition or disability. By legalizing physician-assisted suicide it could lead to increases in the amount of people dying, and even create the expectation that if you have such a condition that you should put yourself out of your misery. I know this is a slippery slope position to take, but I do think it is relevant considering the history of the eugenics movement in this country up until the end of World War II, and the recent resurgence known as neugenics which have become more prevalent in the last two decades with the emergence of prenatal testing for certain disabilities and selective abortion of those fetuses which display such tendencies.
As a student of the law to understand the liberty interest in making decisions of what to do with one's own body in decisions such as general abortion and the like. However, if it is just targeted towards one particular group of people this shows animus toward that group, in this case people with disabilities.
Another thing which disturbed me about hearing that Vermont would legalize physician-assisted suicide is that it would be allowable not only for a person that wants to take their own life, but also people are assigned to Power of attorney over another can make this decision. This could lead to many more deaths, especially if the decisions being made from a utilitarian point of view where all the consideration is being made from an economic standpoint. Human beings are more than just what they are monetarily. That is why I am opposed to physician-assisted suicide since it can reinforce the already popular idea of ableism