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16 May 2007 @ 09:53 am
"Abortion rights supporters - who believe that a woman has the right to make decisions about her own body - have had to grapple with the reality that the right to choose may well be used selectively to abort fetuses deemed genetically undesirable. And many are finding that, while they support a woman’s right to have an abortion if she does not want to have a baby, they are less comfortable when abortion is used by women who don’t want to have a particular baby."
Et Ceteraect on May 16th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
About 90 percent of women who learn they are carrying a fetus with the extra 21st chromosome that causes Down syndrome choose an abortion.

Bill Maher made the observation this week that that 90% is almost certainly not confined to the pro-choice community. If the pro-choice community becomes less comfortable with such procedures, it seems like the pro-life side becomes more comfortable with it.
Race Dowlingeracerhead on May 16th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
Not scary at all. It is hard enough to be a parent without also taking on the added burden of an unhealthy child. I know this sounds like eugenics which has a bad reputation, but like any other science it can be applied or mis-applied.
PMMJ: Moviescheetahmaster on May 16th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
I also have this excellent movie called Gattaca...
Race Dowlingeracerhead on May 16th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
Seen it, it was excellent.
Tales from a suburban tourist: Perfect ladyasimplelife on May 16th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
Let us also not forget the women who use amnio to see what the sex is & choose to abort if it is an undesired sex (read: female).

Still, I support a woman's right to choose regardless of her reasons. It's none of my business.
PMMJcheetahmaster on May 16th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
I agree, but it is a slippery slope, as they say. Those with money will have the opportunities to preselect their offspring's code, those who don't, won't. And what if the government decides it doesn't need to chip in as much for 'preventable conditions'? It's a bag of ethical questions we need to start asking.
Bette Davis Eyesprakriti on May 16th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
if i found out i was pregnant with a child with downs syndrome, i'd have an abortion in a heartbeat, but i'm selfish like that.
t1tdavet1tdave on May 16th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
I don't understand how anybody can say it is morally okay for a mom to terminate a pregnancy because the baby doesn't match the drapes, but questionable to terminate a pregnancy because they want to raise a child that has a chance of being healthy. I thought the whole point of the pro-choice isn't that it is moral for a woman to terminate a pregnancy, but rather that the law isn't allowed to look for the reason she is having the abortion and/or judge the morality of it. If someone is pro-choice, they're kind of obligated to suck it up when somebody makes a choice they don't agree with. Doing otherwise would be terribly hypocritical.
persephone: better faithcelticlullaby on May 16th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
Abso-fricking-lutely. Our legal system was built on judging the action, not the motivation. Bringing the woman's reasoning into it is a form of thought policing...and it's part of a scary trend, like hate crime legislation. It might seem to be for a good cause, but it amounts to regulation of beliefs and the curtailing of the most basic human freedoms. Scary.
Reborn in Firehammerforge on May 17th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)

I see no moral dilema here. While I would be suspicious of the government making a genetic test to determine who can be born, I am all for parents testing for genetic issues. It seems to me that the moral choice between aborting vs giving birth to a child who will suffer from retardation, downs syndrome or a host of other debillittating condtions is a clear cut one.
PMMJ: Red Swingline Staplercheetahmaster on May 17th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
What about diabetes? Severe allergies? Regular allergies? Nearsightedness? Gender? Predisposition to homosexuality?
Reborn in Firehammerforge on May 17th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
That is a line that falls on the mother to decide. It would be pretty arrogant of me to say what reasons are valid given as I am not likely to be pregnant, so it is not my choice in the first place.

However, as someone who is pretty firmly convinced that what the world really could use is less people in the next generation... a reason for aborting that I might find questionable is far less important than the fact that each abortion is one less child.