Dr. George Taleporos visited the company for people with degenerative neuromuscular diseases.
During lunch, I would look at David, a member of the group, eating their own lunch. That’s something Dr. Taleporos could not do. David often talked about this contrast between his physical abilities with George.
“I could say that he found the severity of my conflict status as if it were a mirror for the future that I did not expect,” wrote Dr. Taleporos at that time.
David killed himself as he drove his motorized wheelchair to Yarri
It’s a heartbeat. And Dr. Taleporos is openly talking about why so different responses from people with disabilities to voluntary euthanasia.
People with disabilities are often faced with personal experiences of discrimination and social devaluation, he says.
Some fear that the “sloping slope” of the forced euthanasia is supported. But others find it to be a hard-won autonomy over their own lives.
Dr. Taleporos considers that the proposed euthanasia laws provide for strong protection measures for the protection of persons with disabilities.
He is sympathetic to the Slippery Slope argument and is concerned that these laws will weaken in the future. But he describes the proposed laws as a “well-designed law”.