When I first got involved in this, 15 years ago, I got a call from a parent in the North of England who said 'Dr Wakefield, please do not judge me harshly, but when I die, I’m taking my child with me, because I’m the only one who loves him,' and I didn’t judge that mother at all. In fact I was moved by the love of a mother must have for her child to take his life rather than him fall upon a society that really didn’t give a damn."
- Andrew Wakefield on http://vimeo.com/12079650 from 2:30 to 3:25.
Those who are regular readers of LB/RB may guess how I felt upon hearing such words coming from a man who swore, as a doctor, to do no harm. If nothing else, they confirm exactly the type of human being Andrew Wakefield is. I also note he waited until after the GMC hearings before expressing such an extreme viewpoint.
I believe that death is not better than autism. Part of the reason LB/RB exists and continues to exist is to counter the idea that autistic people are second-hand citizens who can be done away with because of false ideas that they are "inconvenient". There are no reasons based in any morality that it is ever OK to kill another human being. The fact that the other human being might be autistic is irrelevant.
I was already disgusted and appalled at the money-grabbing callousness of Andrew Wakefield. Now I find myself more than anything, relieved that the GMC acted as they did and that he has no more access to children in the UK.