I was traveling all day yesterday, and didn't go online when I got home. So I missed that the verdict in the Karen McCarron case came in. As most everyone in the world with any connection with autism knows, in May, 2006 Karen McCarron murdered her child Katie by holding a garbage bag over her head until she suffocated and died. Her lawyer had argued that she was not guilty by reason of insanity, but the evidence said otherwise, as she actively tried to cover up her crime.
Karen McCarron was a doctor. A person who was trained to heal. Since at least the late 19th century, the phrase "primum non nocere" (First, do no harm) has been a common medical aphorism. The admonition is to make doctors stop and consider any harmful effects their treatment might have, and make sure that the potential beneficial effects outweigh the bad.
The last time I checked, murder was not considered a viable treatment option for anything.
The end of the trial brings a conclusion for the rest of the McCarron family who grieve for their lost child, but I am afraid that this is not the end for those who would do harm to those who are different.
Katie McCarron was loved by many, and murdered by a woman who betrayed the trust that Katie put in her as her mother, a person who was trained to heal, but chose to murder.
There is no joy in the guilty verdict. It will not bring Katie back. But perhaps-perhaps it will give some pause to those who would make videos saying that they have considered killing their offspring. Perhaps it will give some pause to those who concentrate on "getting rid of the autism" instead of loving their child.
Perhaps it will make all of us think differently when we see people disparaged, disowned, and devalued for their differences.
Memorial Day redux
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