Saturday, April 19, 2008

Why Worry about Deaf Babies?

Why Worry about Deaf Babies?
By Paul Shlichta

England is currently deciding whether or not to legalize the use of embryo selection to produce deaf babies to accommodate deaf couples who want their children to share their soundless world. When Thomas Lifson reported this in AT, he expressed shock that such things could be permitted. I was shocked too---until I realized that this, and much worse, is the logical consequence of our legalization of abortion.

Rightly or wrongly, our legal system regards death as the greatest possible injury that one person can inflict on another. Any injury that is not likely to cause death, however degrading or disfiguring to the victim, is considered a lesser crime and carries a lighter penalty. Therefore, if any class of human beings can be legally killed, it logically follows that they can also be injured or mutilated, however horribly, without penalty to the perpetrator*. This was once the case with African slaves and is now the case with unborn babies.

By upholding Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court has declared any abuse to fetuses or embryos to be, in the parlance of English common law, Outlawed, i.e. beyond the power of legal intervention. The legalization of abortion, at the discretion of the 'mother' carrying the fetus, logically entails her right to do anything she likes with it, such as selling it---or having it manipulated or mutilated it in any way she sees fit. And if there is any logical consistency to the law, Justice Roberts and his colleagues must ignore such practices as being beyond their jurisdiction.

Unfortunately, there are markets for such mutilation.



Blogger The Merry Widow said...

The slippery slope has been "Pam'ed"!


4:06 PM  
Blogger CHOMP said...

I've heard about "designer" babies before. I can't comprehend that someone would really do it.

8:27 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Pride, arrogance and a misplaced notion of WHY people have babies...usually out of love, not ego!


3:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Donal, how are you? Sorry I haven't been here for a while. Sent an e-mail your way. J'Mac.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


This is not even mildly related to the abortion debate (in my age-addled mind), but relates to the very strange world of the deaf. The deaf community is more insular and xenophobic than Japan or the Mormons.

This is about maiming a child in order to validate your own existence. This is about falling for the 'Handy Capable' crap and trying to perpetuate the cycle.

Being deaf is a very strong disability. To wish that your child is born into the same frustrations, exclusions and overall inability to normally run in society is nothing short of cruel and selfish.

I am all about being proud of yourself and those like you...but this goes a bit too far. This is crippling babies for personal gain.

5:54 AM  

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