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Silence of the Lambs

Colin Brewer, a Cornish Councillor of Great Britain, thinks that disabled children are too expensive to keep alive.

“We are just animals…you can’t have lambs running around with five legs and two heads. It would be put down, smashed against the wall and be dealt with.” (The Independent)

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Brewer resigned this past February from his post due to outrage sparked by his controversial views on the value of human life.

He wrote a letter of apology to Theresa Court, the Disability Cornwall employee he originally expressed his views to.   At the time he said: “I have no intention of resigning. I don’t think I have done anything wrong. I have apologized.” (The Guardian)

Theresa Court said that it was, “quite frankly an insult that he had to be told to apologize.” (Huffington Post)

Controversy brewed anew when Brewer was recently re-elected to his seat.  By a margin of 4 votes!

John Pring, editor of the Disability News Service (DNS) interviewed Brewer.  Pring said he was deeply disturbed at what he was hearing.

“I wanted to speak to Colin Brewer to find out if he really did hold these views about disabled people and social care costs – and he clearly does.” (The Independent)

Brewer is currently under investigation by police, 11,000 Cornwall residents have signed a petition for his resignation, and friends and family of people with disabilities continue to protest outside his office.

I’m throwing my support behind Cornwall’s outraged citizens.  Brewer’s gotta go!


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  1. Norma, I’m sorry to hear that your daughter, granddaughter, and son-in-law had to go through that. Changing people’s attitudes can be an uphill battle. Even people that should know better, like medical professionals! This article was really powerful for me this morning and I think you might like it. http://myimperfectextraordinarylife.com/2013/06/10/what-if/
    It’s a Mom, her frustrations with planning her child’s education in the public school system and ensuring inclusion, and the surprising and powerful impact another parent had on her. It’s how people should react, look at people with value and not making assumptions.

    Let me know your thoughts!

  2. My daughter and her husband were referred to a geneticist here in Winnipeg. They were referred as he is blind and his mother is blind. They have one son (5years old) and a daughter (3 years old). The daughter was born with a malformation of the eye. They were told that if they plan on having any more children, they had better use a sperm donor. The entire family was outraged at the thought. This litte girl may not be able to see well and may eventually become totally blind. However, how could we be happy without her? She is the most beautiful bright happy spirit in our home. She brightens everyone’s day.