Should I Have Been Killed At Birth?
Johnson and a man named Peter Singer had met up and discussed their views on physical disability. Johnson, a woman who had a neuromuscular disease, was shocked when she heard that Peter Singer would liked if a fetus would be euthanized before it was born due to the prior knowledge of the baby being physically defected. Of course, Johnson felt disturbed hearing this, knowing that he would have liked for her to never have been born. However, “his immediate ability to deal with me as a person with a particular point of view”, allowed her to respect him, even if she didn’t exactly fully agree with his perspective. Throughout this piece, Johnson describes how she is treated in her everyday life. She includes some sentences that strangers have said directly to hear when she is in public. This technique strengthened her argument because it showed that there are some people who can be insensitive and uncompassionate. Some of the words that were said to Johnson were rude, like “If I had to live like you, I think I’d kill myself”. However, there were some kind things such as, “God bless you! I’ll pray for you.”.