“The opposition to assisted suicide in Michigan was led by the same people (Right to Life of Michigan) who oppose abortion. . . The “right-to-lifers” enlisted the disabled in their cause when they cautioned that allowing people to choose to die would soon become their “duty to die.”
First off, it’s not appropriate to use a term like “the disabled” — it objectifies persons with disabilities. Also, the position of disability rights activists on the “right to die” movement is far more complex than King presents. The group Not Dead Yet provides a solid argument against the devaluation of persons with disabilities implicit in Kervorkian’s work, while also critiquing the anti-abortion movement for co-opting the rhetoric of the disability rights movement. For more on how to be a feminist AND an advocate for disability rights, see the FWD blog.