In an affront to ethics, a judge in England has given doctors permission to perform an abortion on a woman with severe learning disabilities.
The father is unknown – it is suspected she may have been raped by a person with similar disabilities.
The abortion of disabled or differently-abled people has deep ties to eugenicist ideas.
It is deeply troubling to see the state stepping in and making a decision about a child.
Eugenics is something that should always be rejected. Not only is it deeply unethical, but it also has close ties with racist ideas of purging minority populations.
Hopefully, barbaric decisions like this will be few and far between. But it is wishful thinking to think this won’t become more common.
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