Should Women Be Forced To Care For A Child With A Severe Handicap?

Pregnant, Women, Disability, Defect, Handicap, Preborn, Abortion, Amniocentesis

What many people do not seem to realize is that what women having the “freedom to choose” actually means is that a preborn child can be aborted any time before birth for any reason.

Although this makes up only a minority of cases, women sometimes abort their children simply because they either have or might have a disability.

Raising a child with a handicap is certainly difficult, but it is possible. There are other options, also.

If a woman honestly does not feel she has the capacity to give a disabled child everything that it might need, she could always consider placing the child for adoption.

Also, most people find it a bit disturbing that anyone can “choose” to abort their preborn child for this or any other reason.

For example, we have already seen countless cases of people who desire a male baby over a female one, and abort for that very reason (sex-selective abortions).

Sometimes the children who are projected to have a disability even turn out to be healthy and normal.

It may surprise you to learn that, in America, it is estimated that over 90% of babies with down syndrome are aborted [1].

Why exactly do we think we have the right to say their lives should be ended?

We have no such right, no one does.

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References

[1] Harmon, Amy. “Prenatal Test Puts Down Syndrome in Hard Focus .”
The New York Times, 9 May 2007. Web. 1 Jun 2011. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/09/us/09down.html.

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