Abortion as an act of kindness?

Writer Virginia Ironside shocked Britain Sunday morning on morning television when she said, “If I were the mother of a suffering child – I mean a deeply suffering child – I would be the first to want to put a pillow over its face.” This claim followed from an argument for abortion where Ironside was arguing that abortion choices are not always inherently irresponsible, and that it is actually morally responsible in cases where it prevents an “unwanted” or “severely disabled” child from being born.
The “argument” is chilling. First, she characterizes the act of killing as “getting rid of a couple of cells”. Reductionist much? And she essentially collapsed the disabled and the unwanted into one group (is it so plainly obvious, say to those with disabilities, that they have a life that is not worth living?). Single mothers will likely be perturbed by her including fatherless children in this group of the unwanted who would be better off dead. But in a way this should not be surprising, eugenics has been a part of the modern abortion movement almost from the beginning.

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About Kleiner

Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy as well as Catholic thought, all of which might be summed up as an interest in the ressourcement tradition (returning in order to make progress). I also enjoy spending time thinking about liberal education and its ends.
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