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October 18, 2005

Abortion and Children with Disabilities

I found this piece by Patricia E. Bauer, a former Washington Post reporter, in the Post this morning moving and thought provoking. Read it here.  The article "The Abortion Debate No One Wants to Have: Prenatal testing is making your right to abort a disabled child more like 'your duty' to abort a disabled child."

Among my thoughts.  First, I'm pleasantly surprised to read a piece written from this perspective in the Post. Second, Bauer highlights the hypocrisy of some in the pro-abortion community. She writes: "And here's one more piece of un-discussable baggage: This question is small but nonetheless significant part of what's driving the abortion discussion in this country.  I have to think that there are many pro-choicers who, while paying obeisance to the rights of people with disabilities, want at the same time to preserve their right to ensure that no one with disabilities will be born into their own families. The abortion debate is not just about a woman's right to choose whether to have a baby; it's also about a woman's right to choose which baby she wants to have."

So true.

Thanks to Kathryn Lopez over at the The Corner at The National Review who also linked to the piece this morning.

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