Bioethics: An AnthologyBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7243.1215/a (Published 29 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1215
- Charles Weijer, bioethicist.
- Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
Eds, Helga Kuhse, Peter Singer
Blackwell Publishers, £18.99, pp 600
ISBN 0 631 20311 7
Peter Singer was a keynote speaker at the last annual meeting of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities in Philadelphia. For various reasons, I had chosen this moment in the programme to duck out of the conference. I was completely unprepared for what greeted me as I left the hotel—protesters, many confined to wheelchairs, chanting “Less debate, more hate.” This, I discovered, was the disability activist group Not Dead Yet, which is incensed about Singer's stance that some people with disabilities are not “persons” and may be killed or allowed to die with impunity. It is rare …