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joniJoni Eareckson Tada has a strong op-ed in Friday’s edition of the Wall Street Journal arguing that the the celebrated ideals of the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) has crumbled under a double standard. It was originally designed, she notes, “to guarantee the basic rights of Americans with disabilities.” But now that the fear of disability “is allowed to influence legislation to allow people with disabilities to kill themselves, the notions of personal autonomy, freedom and dignity that the ADA championed take on a grim irony.”
She takes us on a brief survey of our culture of death, starting with assisted-suicide laws to now infants with disabilities, and even children with incurable diseases. Joni notes that “while a disabled person’s civil rights are recognized under federal law, those rights are nullified when confronted with stereotypical notions about the ‘tragedy’ of a disabled person’s existence.”

Life is the most precious and foundational right of humanity. Society’s unwritten moral law has always led us to save our children—and certainly not to allow them to destroy themselves. . . .


What kind of society do we want? If we are seeking a good society, then we do well to defend the rights of the helpless—not nullify their rights in order to destroy them. It benefits all of us to minister to those who are hurting, not to agree with them that life isn’t worth living.

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4 thoughts on “Joni Eareckson’s Tada’s Wall Street Journal Op-Ed: The Double Standard of Disability Laws”

  1. Not to be a conspiracy alarmist, but sometimes I wonder if fear of overpopulation has led to a concerted effort among sociological engineers to promote ideologies that lead to a reduction of the human population.

    1. Daryl Little says:


      I think that fear of over population has helped keep some otherwise wisely sympathetic folks on board with abortion and other evils however I think a more likely scenario is a dislike for those who require more care and more self-sacrifice and a selfish desire to “live life to the fullest”.

  2. SLIMJIM says:

    Praying this would wake up the nation’s conscience

  3. Flyaway says:

    I think that Darwin’s theory of evolution has helped us to dehumanize ourselves. We are no longer made in God’s image. We evolved by accident. We are our own god.

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