Thalidomide group urges inquiry into `killings'
Thursday 16 February 1995
The Thalidomide Action Group (TAG) is angry over the disclosure by Dr Richard Nicholson, editor of the Bulletin of Medical Ethics, that he took part in "mercy killings" as a junior doctor 20 years ago.
Freddie Astbury, 35, chairman of TAG, who was born without arms and legs, said: "We want Virginia Bottomley to set up an inquiry into this. I am just glad Dr Nicholson wasn't around at my birth."
Thalidomide victims, who in many cases lead independent lives despite their handicaps, which were caused by a sedative drug taken during pregnancy, are furious over Dr Nicholson's admission in the 3D current affairs show to be screened on ITV today.
Nuala Scarisbrick of the pressure group Life said that doctors should send handicapped babies to the charity's new baby hospice in Liverpool rather than kill them.
She said on GMTV yesterday: "Babies with a short life expectancy need love and care and food and good nursing . . . and their parents need intensive counselling and care to help them cope with the grief and trauma.
"I don't think it is helpful to talk about killing babies with a short life expectancy, they deserve the same love and respect as we all do."
Stuart Horner, chairman of the British Medical Association ethics committee, yesterday said he did not believe the law should be changed to allow active euthanasia.
He told BBC Radio 4: "It seems to me that if we were to introduce active killing of those patients then we are expressing a view about the quality of that person's life and I don't think we are entitled to express that."
Malaysia Airlines plane crash exposes alarming flaw in airline security: over one billion flights made last year without stolen-passport check
International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
Teacher shows sex tape featuring herself to pupils during class by mistake
Swarm of killer bees sting woman 1,000 times
Dead woman's body found sitting in a car after six years after direct debits ran $54,000 bank account dry
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
- 1 International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
- 2 Australian man Rod Sommerville reacts to bite from deadly snake by reaching for cold beer
- 3 Teacher shows sex tape featuring herself to pupils during class by mistake
- 4 Singapore sting: Sky-high prices are pushing locals to the edge of affordability
- 5 Swarm of killer bees sting woman 1,000 times
£120 - £130 per day: Randstad Education Group: Geography TeacherApril 2014Mate...
£17000 - £30000 per annum + Daily rate TBC: Randstad Education Reading: Teache...
£50 - £65 per day: Randstad Education Group: Secondary Teaching Assistant (EAL...
£55000 per annum + superb benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group: Want to work in a L...