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    ABORTION SOARS IN QUEST FOR PERFECT BABIES
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    Sun May 6, 2004 23:30:03 ET

    Those with conditions that can usually be corrected medically - such as deformed feet and cleft lips and palates - are instead being terminated.

    And the number of abortions of Down's syndrome babies now outstrips live births, despite the fact that those with the condition can live a long and fulfilling life. As screening techniques improve, the trend is likely to grow - horrifying pro-life campaigners.

    'These figures are symptomatic of a eugenic trend of the consumerist society hell-bent on obliterating deformity - and at what cost to its own humanity? ' said ethicist Jacqueline Laing, of London Metropolitan University. 'We are obliterating the willingness of people to accept disability. Babies are required to fit a description of normality before they are allowed to be born.'

    The figures for 2002 - the latest available - from the Office for National Statistics show more women than ever are choosing to terminate babies with potential handicaps, with such abortions rising 8 per cent in a year.

    It has renewed fears that strict laws on termination due to disabilities are being flouted by doctors.

    The 2002 figures show five babies were aborted because they had deformed feet, and a sixth because of a cleft lip and palate.


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    Oh the quest for the perfect race contiues,

    We should be sorely ashamed for what we are doing to the innocent ones. I have had the pleasure of knowing many families that had specially abled little ones and granted they had some special needs, however, the families were so in love with them and like wise the same.
    To my knowledge every family felt that that child was the greatest blessing they could have and not one of them regreted the birth.

    Additonally how many great minds and musicians etc., would we never have had if they were aborted?

    Off the soap box for now....
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    This thread just makes me sick. Can't ignore murder though.
    The 2002 figures show five babies were aborted because they had deformed feet, and a sixth because of a cleft lip and palate.
    If this was the true reason those five were aborted (which I find hard to believe), then the mothers weren't fit to parent them anyways. Just so sad.

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    Hmmm, perhaps the natural course of intelligent life is controling it's ability to choose and perfect it's DNA. If left to natural tendancies, that would be the case. Emotionalism aside, the road to our future could be paved with controlling and eliminating defects in the species.

    Sounds cold doesn't it? But I believe that to be true.
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    Hard to separate the emotion, when that could have been me that was aborted. But I do fully support conquering defects. However not at the cost of lives. We may have already killed the children that would have solved many of our current health, environmental, peace, issues, etc.
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    As a discussion: Then how does species eliminate defects? Is it possible? What would be worse, knowing a child will never achieve the ability to sustain himself or reach an understanding beyond a 2 year old, or eliminating him or her before reaching consiousness?
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    Hard to separate the emotion, when that could have been me that was aborted.
    Aren't you kinda putting the cart in front of the horse here?

    I agree with Road Closed. It doesn't mean that those parents that wish to give birth to babies with defects shouldn't be able to do so, but those that do not, should have the right
    to their decision. It's their offspring.
    So what about all those doctors that have performed surgery to repair cleft lips or other abnormalities? Somewhere in that endeavour, must lie the desire to fix a problem. Well, with that comes research, gene research, whatever research, aimed at eliminating desease and
    suffering. But to nip the problem in the bud....gee, who would have thought of that.

    Hey, I should know, look at me...

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    Then how does species eliminate defects?
    Ask Hitler.

    If you ask me, you build up the weaker links so their offspring has a lesser chance of carrying the same attributes. We are already shedding off poor genes, those born with severe cerebal palsy are able to walk with intense therapy. I would link the institute if they had a site, but I saw a news feature on a place in Russia I think that had outstanding results with cerebral palsy therapy.

    You give women a right to kill, suddenly you have a culture in support of decimation. If you want to support human evolution, then support stem cell research.

    then support stem cell research.
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    So what about all those doctors that have performed surgery to repair cleft lips or other abnormalities? Somewhere in that endeavour, must lie the desire to fix a problem
    As said you fix the problem. I am not against abortion in the cases of extreme handicaps but I do think that having an abortion for a foot defect is going too far. Where do you stop. His eyes aren't blue oh well lets put a bullet in his head and try again.

    Hmmm, perhaps the natural course of intelligent life is controling it's ability to choose and perfect it's DNA. If left to natural tendancies, that would be the case. Emotionalism aside, the road to our future could be paved with controlling and eliminating defects in the species.
    While I belive we will eventually be able to control and eliminate many defects it will more than likely be through medicine rather than abortion.
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