ON NOV 15. I listened to and read our Cardinal's five principles on the right to life with considerable care.
As someone who works with the mentally handicapped, I am glad to witness the support of the Church for the fundamental right of all individuals to live; but surely it is not adequate for us to say this and no more, At present, the majority of mentally handicapped adults will end up in unsuitable provision where the staffing ratios are hopelessly inadequate. Is it enough for us, as Christians, to assert the right of the handicapped to be allowed to live, and then condemn them to a 'life' where they are institutionalised, incarcerated and forgotten?
If we really believe in the rights of the handicapped person, we should be prepared to give con
crete support and encouragement to the parents of handicapped children. We should be lobbying MP's to ensure that money will be allocated to provide for those members of our community who have no vote and no voice.
At present. we are in no position to condemn the attitudes of society which are, at least, consistent.
Mrs Gabriel Jones
London W 12.