Planned Parenthood’s Founder Would Be Thrilled
May 28, 2013
The eugenics dream of Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, is one-step closer through developments in prenatal testing. Daniel Allott & George Neumayr tackle eugenics abortion and its effect on our culture in the May issue of The American Spectator.
It’s a long article, but worth the read. If prenatal testing is widespread and abortion is encouraged for any child that doesn’t meet a gold standard, how will children born with disabilities be viewed? How will parents be treated that decide to continue a pregnancy after an adverse prenatal diagnosis? Perhaps a level of prejudice has already arrived. Allott and Neumayr write,
“Bob Edwards, the embryologist who created the first test-tube baby through in vitro fertilization, argued in 1999 that eugenic abortion is not only a right but a duty: ‘Soon it will be a sin for parents to have a child that carries the heavy burden of genetic disease. We are entering a world where we have to consider the quality of our children.’”
The authors continue that the political, medical and scientific communities aren’t the only ones discouraging disabled children from being born.
“A 2012 poll found that, by a two-to-one margin, Americans support the use of prenatal testing as well as insurance companies’ duty to cover it. A 2011 Gallup poll found majority support for legal abortion when there is evidence that the baby ‘may be’ physically or mentally impaired. And a 2006 poll found that 70 percent of Americans believe a woman has a right to abortion if a ‘serious defect’ in the baby is found.”
This is an issue all pro-lifers should familiarize themselves with. While prenatal testing has led to abortions for years, advances in prenatal testing will accelerate the rate at which pregnant women undergo testing and opt for abortion when something “undesirable” is found. Abortion increasingly looks like the only choice when doctors and family members encourage ending the pregnancy, and no support resources are shared with the parents.
This issue gives us an opportunity to share the message of life within our own circles of influence, especially with parents facing prenatal testing options. It also reminds us to celebrate all life. Because all life – disability or not – is beautiful.
Read “Eugenic Abortion 2.0” here.