Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Eugenics: aborting the disabled

The UK government following a lengthy legal battle has revealed the precise numbers, gestational ages, and types of disability of babies aborted between 2002 and 2010 in England and Wales. 
According to a Daily Mail report published under the  banner headline “Revealed: The thousands of pregnancies aborted for ‘abnormalities’ including cleft palates and Down’s syndrome” which was based on Department of Health figures, a total of 2,290 babies were aborted last year for so called “medical conditions.”
In 2010 alone, 482 babies with Down’s syndrome were aborted, including ten who were over 24 weeks gestation.
·         “There were also 128 terminations for the nervous disorder spina bifida, including 12 after 24 weeks.
·         “Musculoskeletal problems such as club foot were the reason for 181 abortions, including eight over 24 weeks.
Anthony Ozimic, communications manager for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) commented as follows
“Between 2001 and 2010, the number of abortions on the grounds of disability rose by one-third, 10 times that of abortions generally. It is clear that legal abortion is a system which discriminates, fatally, against the disabled.”

The full response from the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children  SPUC can be found here SPUC report  and the response of the SPUC affiliate No Less Human can be found here No Less Human

Survival of the fittest

Will you take me as I am?
Now that you have seen the scan.
You fear I could be born deficient
Is my presence not sufficient?

Will you love me and accept me
Or will you callously reject me
Focus not on my defect,
Please accept and don’t reject.

What about the blind and lame
Surely they deserve a name
If only the perfect may be born
What you practice is profane 

Patrick Buckley