Mercy or Murder?



“Is it your belief that they are consciously suffering pain?” Dr. Phil asks Annette.

“My daughter broke her thumb once. No one knew about it, because she couldn’t voice that,” Annette responds. “So, how do we know if she’s suffering?” She admits that she doesn’t know whether her children are feeling pain. “I hope they’re not, but I don’t know.”

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Attorney Geoffrey Fieger, who gained notoriety for his outspoken defense of the late assisted suicide advocate, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, joins the show. “Annette obviously wouldn’t be in this situation but for the advancement of science,” he says. “She’s faced with an unbelievably difficult decision. Her children are being warehoused. Whether or not they’re in physical pain, they’re clearly not existing.” 

Geoffrey draws a comparison between dying of starvation and dying mercifully.

In the previously-recorded documentary, Annette admits, “There have been times when I thought about doing something myself [to end my children’s lives].” To her critics, she says, “Unless you’ve been there, don’t judge.”

Ruthi, mother of seven, including three with special needs, says the idea of euthanizing disabled children is nauseating and the same as putting a gun to their heads. She addresses Annette from the audience. “I’m sorry that those children are the way they are. I’m sorry that my child might be that way some day,” Ruthi says. “I will not euthanize my child because it’s too much trouble for me [to keep them alive].”

“No one said it was too much trouble,” Annette interjects. “You’re saying it wrong.”

Dr. Phil polls the audience on whether they support Annette’s wishes.

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