Tuesday, October 18, 2005

From Mere Comments
Eradicating the disabled
First they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because...
- Martin Niemöller
I myself recall having a conversation with a Down's syndrome adult man, who noted the disparity between Senator Edward M. Kennedy's well-publicized support for the Special Olympics, and his equally well-known insistence that no woman should have to bear the indignity of a "defective" or unwanted child. "I may be slow," this man observed, "but I am not stupid. Does he think that people like me can't understand what he really thinks of us? That we are not really wanted? That it would be a better world if we didn't exist?"
Margaret Sanger’s Planned Parenthood reprinted Nazi articles in the 1930s: ‘only the fit should give birth’.

From Katolik Shinja
Our cowardly new world
Which isn’t really new:
In ancient Greece, babies with disabilities were left out in the elements to die. We in America rely on prenatal genetic testing to make our selections in private, but the effect on society is the same.

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