Thursday, October 13, 2011

But the legalization of abortion had *nothing* to do with eugenics...

The Abortion Review reports that British abortion activist Madeleine Simms has died. Here is an excerpt of an interview she gave in 1997:

I became really active when the Thalidomide tragedy occurred. I have always been particularly concerned about the prevention of handicap, and it struck me as so appalling that there were people around who were actually prepared to compel women to have handicapped babies when this could be avoided. A friend of my parents had a brain-damaged son who grew far too big for her to handle; he was quite violent. It devastated her life. Seeing this at close quarters affected me. Until people have experienced the devastating affect on their own or a friend’s life of having a handicapped child, they do not always understand what the implications are for the mother and the whole family. There is a lot of sentimental talk about the joys of a lifetime’s caring, particularly on the part of those who do not have to do it themselves. If people choose to have a baby with Down’s Syndrome, that is their right. But the notion that you have the moral right to inflict your preferences on other people who are much less able to cope is monstrous.

You have no moral right to impose your personal preferences.

But if you want to impose death, that's fine!

I note that Simms is so concerned about how it affects the mother, but not how disability affects the person who has it.

Eliminate the suffering. Not the sufferer. If people are unable to cope then help them cope.

Killing is the easy solution.