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Personhood Law Would Protect the Infirm


"Adolf Hitler in the late 1930s started the T4 Aktion (Action) program, named after the main office's address at Tiergartenstrasse 4 in Berlin, to exterminate "useless eaters," babies born with disabilities. When any baby was born in Germany, the attending nurse had to note any indication of disability and immediately notify T4 officials - a team of physicians, politicians and military leaders. In October 1939 Hitler issued

a directive allowing physicians to grant a "mercy death" to "patients considered incurable according to the best available human judgment of their state of health.

Thereafter, the program expanded to include older children and adults with disabilities, and anyone anywhere in the Third Reich was subject to execution who was blind, deaf, senile, retarded, or had any significant neurological condition, encephalitis, epilepsy, muscular spasticity or paralysis. Six killing centers were eventually established, and an estimated quarter-million people with disabilities were executed . . .Princeton University bioethicist Peter Singer says, 'Killing a disabled infant is not morally equivalent to killing a person.'

The Washington Times, November 23,2008

A Personhood Amendment would be the first step in establishing ethical paramenters that protect human dignity in the 21st century.