Monday, June 15, 2009

Rage Against the Machine


A fellow blogger, Wheelie Catholic, wrote an interesting piece about a "wrongful birth" lawsuit filed in Oregon. Her thoughts are linked to Beth Haller's blog, Media dis&dat

The short piece asks several intelligent questions, but they are related to the practical influence of disability on individuals and families, and the responses a humane society should make.

However, to when we speak out on issues like this, we are "raging against the machine." The "wrongful birth" mindset implies that disability is not a condition to be compensated for, but rather the declaration that a particular human life was an error.

And we "rage against the machine because, unless people have experienced disability in their lives, whether personally or through a friend or relative, they see disability as totally negative.

There is an additional factor: the disability experience must be a positive one (i.e., the person with a disability must be happy, and preferably accomplished and productive).

Otherwise, disability is a negative, one to be prevented by abortion, infanticide (thank you, Professor Singer), or euthanasia (over to you, Dr. Kevorkian).

To declare otherwise may be choosing to speak against the tide of history, against the utilitarian concept of 9-out-of-10 Down Syndrome children being aborted, against unacknowledged sex selection by abortion, and against the dark promises of genetic manipulation.

But we speak for all that makes us human.
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