Op-Ed on Disability-Selective Abortions
If it's unacceptable for William Bennett to link abortion even conversationally with a whole class of people (and it is), why then do we as a society view abortion as justified and unremarkable in the case of another class of people: children with disabilities?
I have struggled with this question since our daughter Margaret opened her big blue eyes and we got our first inkling that there was a full-fledged person behind them.
Whenever I am out with Margaret, I'm conscious that she represents a group whose ranks are shrinking because of the wide availability of prenatal testing and abortion. I don't know how many pregnancies are terminated because of prenatal diagnoses of Down syndrome; some studies estimate 80 to 90 percent.