About 40 people gathered on Nassau Street this afternoon to voice their opposition to Princeton University Professor Peter Singer’s views on providing medical treatment to infants with disabilities. At one point, the protesters marched in a circle on Nassau Street and called for Singer’s resignation, shouting “Hey hey, ho ho, Singer’s got to go.”
On April 16, Singer argued that it is reasonable for the government or private insurance companies to deny treatment to infants with disabilities. Singer’s remarks were made on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” which is broadcast on New York’s AM 970 and Philadelphia 990 AM.
Singer said health care laws like the Affordable Care Act should be more overt about rationing and that society should acknowledge the necessity of intentionally ending the lives of severely disabled infants. He said the health care system should not provide expensive care to infants who will experience “zero quality of life.”
“I don’t want to call him a professor. I don’t think he can be a professor,” said one rally participant. “He’s talking about euthanization.”
The protest was originally going to be on the Princeton University campus, which is private property. The school allowed the protesters to be on campus.
“Princeton is strongly committed to ensuring the academic freedom of members of its community and to ensuring that the campus is open to a wide variety of views,” Princeton University Spokesman Martin Mbugua said.
The protest spilled into the street and people in wheelchairs blocked the intersection of Nassau Street and Witherspoon Street. The protesters were in the street for about half an hour.
Princeton Police Chief Nick Sutter said police officers were worried about the safety of the protesters. Cars were trying to pass the protesters while they were in the street.
“We politely asked the protesters to go back onto the sidewalks and we worked to get traffic cleared,” Sutter said.
This is not the first time people have rallied in opposition to Singer’s views. People have held protests in Princeton against Singer since Princeton University hired him in 1999.
— Howard Engelhart (@howardengelhart) June 10, 2015