PSY345H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Cerebral Palsy, Euthanasia, Genetic Counseling

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Published on 13 Apr 2013
School
UTM
Department
Psychology
Course
PSY345H5
PSY345
Controversial Debates and Psychosocial Perspectives (1)
- Moral superiority of our times
o We are really confident we do things better today than before
o We have legislation to guarantee the rights of people with disabilities
o But we’re not quite where we’d like to be
Where everybody has personhood/citizenship/equal access to everything society has to offer
o Freak Show
Freak something that doesn’t fit with society, it’s provocative
People are willing to pay to go see it
Anything that is really different in such a way that people are going to pay to see them
Don’t allow them unfair to take advantage of someone’s “misery” and pay to see someone
else’s misfortune
Ethically wrong
At least individuals were able to make a living
Employment
o Today, not allowing them to work
Replaced it with a disability pension
o Doesn’t work, lives at home, prevents them from being just like everyone else
Question whether they’ve been cancelled
Still have them
Still have other freak shows on TV
- Value of life
o Human rights didn’t protect minorities in the same way as it did the majority
o Looking at human life globally
It is not equal
Within countries as well
o Robert Latimore
Murdered his daughter, she had oxygen deprivation, developed cerebral palsy
Mercy killing
He made the determination himself
No legislation
Reduced sentence
Gave the dad the right to decide the value of his life
According to human rights
Nobody has that authority to make a determination about somebody else’s life
o Steps/Cognitive Process we use to Justify [the actions of Robert Latimore]
1. Most people cannot imagine how they would cope if they acquired a severe impairment
2. The result of that society labels the impairment a tragic case
3. The desire to continue living under such tragic circumstances is comprehensible
o Human rights do not protect all minorities
Controversial Debates and Psychosocial Perspectives (2)
- Medicine presents itself as value free but is it?
o See medicine as an extension of science
Better the lives of individuals by providing them with cures
o Scientific eradication of disability
Science is promoting the notion that their lives are not worth living
Is it possible to eradicate disability?
No
o There will always be acquired disability
Ex. through accidents
Ex. related to aging process, neurological problems
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Psy345: we are really confident we do things better today than before, we have legislation to guarantee the rights of people with disabilities, but we"re not quite where we"d like to be. Where everybody has personhood/citizenship/equal access to everything society has to offer: freak show. Freak something that doesn"t fit with society, it"s provocative. People are willing to pay to go see it. Anything that is really different in such a way that people are going to pay to see them. Don"t allow them unfair to take advantage of someone"s misery and pay to see someone else"s misfortune. At least individuals were able to make a living. Employment: today, not allowing them to work. Replaced it with a disability pension: doesn"t work, lives at home, prevents them from being just like everyone else. Still have other freak shows on tv.

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