Last year, Richard Dawkins caused worldwide controversy suggesting that parents of babies with Down Syndrome should “abort them and try again.” He the doubled down on those comments and said aborting babies with Down syndrome is the “moral and sensible” choice.
But does Dawkins stand alone in that pro-abortion view or do others really think babies with Down Syndrome should just be aborted instead?
Sarah Terzo, a pro-life advocate with a knack for finding outrageous old quotes from abortion advocates, unearthed this gem. It shows Dawkins’ line of thinking is not new and has been a part of the pro-abortion ethos for some time.
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“When the fight to legalize abortion was just beginning in the late 1960s, some in the medical community supported legal abortion because they felt that abortion could prevent the birth of children with disabilities. Disabled people’s lives, they believed, were not worth living,” Terzo says. “Here is one example of a doctor saying that it’s morally wrong to have a disabled child.”
“If life is sacred… Then it is about time we begin treating it as such, instead of continuing to commit the frightful tragedies we do in permitting individuals to be brought into the world who will suffer all the days of their lives from serious disabling defects… The initial basic right of the individual should be to be born without handicap. Anyone who, in the light of the facts, assist in bringing a seriously handicapped child into the world in my view commits a crime against humanity.
Abortion could prevent that crime.”
Respected scientist Ashley Montagu “Letters to the Editor” New York Times, February 28, 1969