"Unspeakable Conversations" Author Featured In Hometown
April 14, 2003
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA--"Unspeakable Conversations", written by disability rights attorney Harriet McBryde Johnson, was featured as the cover story of New York Times Magazine's February 16 edition.
The story chronicles her conversations, correspondence and debates with Princeton University bioethics professor Dr. Peter Singer.
Singer believes that parents should be able to decide whether their children with disabilities will live or die.
"He is the man who wants me dead," she wrote. "No, that's not at all fair. He wants to legalize the killing of certain babies who might come to be like me if allowed to live. He also says he believes that it should be lawful under some circumstances to kill, at any age, individuals with cognitive impairments so severe that he doesn't consider them 'persons.'"
In the article, Johnson gives us a personal look at this debate, and a peek into her intense passion, curiosity and sense of justice.
It is simply one of the best pieces I've ever read on the issue.
On Saturday, Johnson's hometown newspaper featured an article about her.
"High Profile: Harriet McBryde Johnson" (Post and Courier)