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What’s airing on Pro-Life Perspective Today? “Eugenic Abortions,” Part 1

by | Jun 4, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

NRLC President Carol Tobias

“Eugenics” is one of those vaguely understood words about which enough is known to realize you should oppose it. However, too infrequently we realize that there increasing eugenic abortions—babies killed because they lack the requisition “perfection.” This disturbing truth is the subject of a two-part series from National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias that began Monday.

Shockingly, some statistics show that nine out of ten children diagnosed in utero with Down syndrome will be aborted. It’s astounding to think that these precious children are never given the chance to live given story after story from parents who report lives full of energy and unlimited love from their children with Down syndrome.

As a jumping off point, Mrs. Tobias begins with a report by Penny Starr of that exposed these horrible statistics. As Mrs. Tobias summarizes it

“In 1972, a year before the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion on demand nationwide, virtually all children with trisomy 21, or Down syndrome, were born. Less than a decade later, with the widespread availability of pre-natal genetic testing, as many as 90 percent of women whose babies were prenatally diagnosed with the genetic condition chose to abort the child.”

Worse yet, if possible, one survey of primary care physicians treating women carrying these babies, however, indicated that only 4% actively encourage women to bring a baby with Down syndrome  to term.

According to Starr an anonymous survey of 499 primary care physicians in the United States, published by Georgetown University in 2000, found that thirteen percent of doctors attending pregnant mothers whose babies are discovered to have Down syndrome “emphasize” the negative aspects of Down syndrome and 10 percent said they “urge” the mothers to terminate the life of the baby.

You will want to listen at where Mrs. Tobias concludes Part One by noting

“Even with the high percentage of abortions, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, or ACOG, has called for even more testing. In January 2007, ACOG wrote in their Practice Bulletin that, ‘All pregnant women, regardless of age, should be offered screening for Down syndrome.’”

As Dr. Will Johnson of Canadian Physicians for Life wrote:

“The progress of eugenic abortion into the heart of our society is a classic example of ‘mission creep.’ In the 1960s, we were told that legal abortion would be a rare tragic act in cases of exceptional hardship. In the ‘70s abortion began to be both decried and accepted as birth control. In the ‘80s respected geneticists pointed out that it was cheaper to hunt for and abort Down’s babies than to raise them. By the ‘90s that observation had been widely put into action. Now we are refining and extending our eugenic vision, with new tests and abortion as our central tools.” 

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Categories: Eugenics