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Anencephalic Fetuses Are Subhuman “Par Excellence”

February 17th, 2011

How many of you are long-in-the-tooth enough to remember when pro-’choice’ folks ridiculed anyone who warned that legalizing abortion-on-demand would lead to things like euthanasia… and sex selective abortions… and aborting the handicapped… or euthanizing the handicapped?

Well this article, about “well-known Brazilian pro-abortion activist and anthropologist Debora Diniz” justifies all those fears, if you ask me.

Debora Diniz:
Subhumans are those whose lives are bound to ‘fail’—as Dworkin, a liberal American jurist who studies abortion, explains—or those for whom, to say the least, the concept of life is inadequate. Subhumans are extreme human otherness, those not expected by the miracle of procreation.

So “liberal American jurist” (Ronald?) Dworkin simultaneously invokes the divine (“the miracle of procreation”) and declares that “those not expected” by that miracle are “subhuman”?

But it is not only the anencephalic who qualify as ‘subhuman’:

the article continues:
Even the handicapped would not escape “selective abortion”:

“… There is much greater life expectancy and that is precisely what unites an anencephalic fetus to one carrying a trisomy of chromosome twenty-one [Down Syndrome] and even fetuses lacking distal limbs as potential targets of SPI [selective pregnancy interruption]. It is a social idea of life backed, of course, by biological fullness, which justifies most requests for selective abortion.

How bad does this nightmare have to get before we end it, people? When will we put this holocaust to an end?

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  1. Ginny
    February 17th, 2011 at 23:14 | #1

    “Selective Pregnancy Interruption“??? As in, “We interrupt this broadcast for breaking news…Now, back to our regular programming”?

    An “interruption” is temporary–the original activity can continue on again when the interruption is over. An “interrupted” pregnancy can never resume–it is OVER.

    When people start twisting words like this, you know they have something to hide. If there truly was nothing wrong with the idea of aborting the handicapped, they wouldn’t need to soften the terminology; they could just say it right out.

  2. Ginny
    February 17th, 2011 at 23:16 | #2

    And “subhuman”–sounds like “Lebensunwertes Leben” to me.

  3. Ruth
    February 18th, 2011 at 07:35 | #3

    “When will we put this holocaust to an end?”
    When we decide to step off the throne, and we worship God, instead.

  4. Betsy
    February 18th, 2011 at 11:41 | #4

    Good point, Ginny. I kind of choked at that obvious euphemism, too.

  5. Paul of Alexandria
    February 18th, 2011 at 14:31 | #5

    I remember reading about a case a while back where the doctors thought that a baby was anencephalic because the ultrasound showed a sub-normal brain. The mother had the child, and a brain-fluid shunt was put in, to give the child as best a life as possible. After a few months the doctors were shocked to find that the child was growing normally – apparently the child did have excessive cranial fluid pressure, which had compressed the brain. Once the pressure was removed the brain returned to its proper shape and size and functioned properly.

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