Thursday, October 20, 2005

Op-Ed on Disability-Selective Abortions

See this piece, which begins:

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.


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