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Abortion and Eugenics

One of these days, I'll write more on this topic, but for now, I'd like to offer the words of Andi Sligh, of the blog Bringing the Sunshine:

Last week, the government released statistics in the United Kingdom on the number of abortions performed during 2010.  Of the 2,290 abortions performed for a medical problem, 482 were due to a diagnosis of Down syndrome (heartbreaking, but no surprise).  The more shocking statistic (at least to me) is that 188 of those aborted were due to musculoskeletal issues (e.g., club foot) or cleft lip/palate, and some of those occurred after 24 weeks gestation. I felt physically ill when I read the article, much as I did when I first learned, just a few days after Nathan was born, that approximately 90% of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in utero are aborted.

Should the world have been spared the "burden" of individuals like Damon Wayans, Kristi Yamaguchi, Mia Hamm, and Troy Aikman? All were born with club foot. Do Peyton Manning and Joaquin Phoenix have a tragically low quality of life? Both were born with cleft lip/palate.

Yeah, that Peyton Manning sure is a drain on our limited resources. What a burden he must be to his family!

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