Saturday, July 08, 2006

Open letter to people freaking out about prenatal testing results...

and the people who rush in to assuage and console their fears...

Your fretting diminishes from the respectability and value of every person on this planet who is somehow disabled or differently-abled.
With that information, does all your worrying seem so innocuous, nay righteous now? Should your child be born with a genetic abnormality, but intellectually capable of uncovering your prenatal shrieking, would you be pleased about your relentless carrying on about how horrified you were when faced with the prospect of their birth? Termination on the grounds of "possible" outcomes is repulsive.
With every fear-driven, ignorant trill, you whittle away at the most intrinsic rights of those who have little to no voice, but are human beings nonetheless. Human beings who, no matter their degree of incapacity, should be treated with respect and accorded basic human dignity.


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