Abortion: Improving the Quality of Life

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A child who would be born with a handicap or into poverty will have such a miserable life that he or she would be better off not being born at all. Far better to be aborted.

For example, consider the sad case of the baby born to a poor, unmarried black woman. Her mother couldn't care for her, and she was shuffled off to one set of relatives and then another. She was sexually abused as a child. Wouldn't that poor girl have been far better off to have been aborted?

Her name is Oprah Winfrey. On the off chance you haven't heard of her, she is one of the nation's most populat television talk show hosts and was nominated for an Academy Award.

Or how about the boy born with epilepsy. His mother died when he was 15. His father was murdered when he was 17. His radical political activities landed him in prision. At one point he was even sentenced to death, though he was reprived at the last moment.

His name was Fyodor Dostoevsky, and he is one of Russia's most famous writers, author of Crime and Punishment and The Brother's Karamazov.

Another poor black child went blind as a boy. Both his parents died when he was a teenager. But in a state school for the blind he learned to read Braille. He also learned to memorize music and taught himself to play and compose. His name is Ray Charles.

A twelve-year-old girl was raped and became pregnant. Surely this is a perfect example of the kind of case that justifies abortion. But the girl did not abort. Her child, Ethel Waters, went on to became a famous singer and actress, appearing in theater, movies, and television.

I was at a lecture a number of years ago by Kay Cole James, who is now the Secretary of Health for the state of Virginia. She was challenged by a member of the audience who said that children who would be born into difficult circumstances faced such a poor "quality of life" that they would be better off being aborted. Mrs James replied, suppose you were counseling a poor black woman, who already had eight children and is now pregnant again, whose husband was an alcoholic, who couldn't afford a doctor to even deliver the baby. Of course, the woman replied, abortion would be the best thing in such a case. "Well," Mrs James replied, "I just described my own birth. And I'll have you know, I think my quality of life is just fine".

Posted 4 Sep 2000.

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