Contrast the strong ideological conviction expressed by Paul at No Pod, in relation to late term abortion and infanticide of females in India, with that expressed by Suki in relation to late term abortion of a foetus with dwarvism.
When I read Suki's post I was unable to comment. Understandably a lot of vitriol was directed at Julian McGauran, an unpleasant anti-choice activist who is using this sad case to pursue a much broader agenda. However even assuming the mother was bordering on suicidal at the time, the idea that dwarvism- primarily a disability due to society's intolerance and emphasis on physical perfection- would drive a mother into such a state and warrant an abortion just weeks from birth is for me extremely saddening.
I don't know the answer to this quandrary. If the mother was really suicidal then there was nothing else to do. But it is a sad indictment of our society. In much of the developing world if you are born woman you are a second rate human. But what if you are born 'unattractive' or 'deformed' in our society? Where your greatest disability is the stares you'll attract all of your life, the struggle to find a partner, the cold, cutting laughter?
Who are our most vulnerable members and how does our 'civilisation' treat them?
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