Disabled Children and the Guillotine

A former deputy mayor in Britain, a retired doctor, has been excoriated for allegedly saying disabled children would be better off if they were guillotined.

The doctor, Owen Lister, explains to the BBC, somewhat convincingly, that his words were taken out of context.

Read the links for the story and judge for yourself. Note also, in the first link, the doctor’s remark about socialized medicine in Britain: “We have 5,800 people waiting to go into hospital in [the English town of] Swindon. A percentage of those will die as a result of waiting too long.”

The U.S. health system may have its problems, but long waiting lines to get into a hospital are not one of them.

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