Illogical, not loving

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I am not a member of your geographic community, but as a member of the autistic community, I am appalled at the way a recent article in your paper presented murder as “an act of love” (“Father, Disabled Son Found Dead; Friends Call Killing an ‘Act of Love,’ ” Dec. 18). Murder is never an act of love, whether someone murders a lover rather than seeing him or her leave the relationship or murders a child because the person can’t care for the child or imagine others caring for the child.

There have been too many of these incidents to keep track of all of them. A parent, overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for an autistic child, kills the child and often attempts to kill himself, rather than finding help. Reporting this sympathetically rather than as the heinous act it actually is seems to be encouraging more parents to make the same wrong choice.

Please don’t report murder of autistic children (or children with other disabilities) as different than murder of an able-bodied child. Stop presenting this as a logical choice to make when it is the opposite of love or caring.

KATHRYN HEDGES
Palo Alto, Calif.


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