Downs and abortion

I thought the law was pretty clear in such cases:

A South African women is going to the country’s constitutional court to claim thousands of pounds in damages after a medical centre failed to diagnose her son with Down’s syndrome.

The woman, identified only as Ms H. to protect the identity of her child, is arguing her son represents a “wrongful life,” as she would have aborted the foetus if she had been told by the clinic it was at a high risk of having Down’s syndrome.

As they point out:

The centre argued in court it did not have a legal responsibility to the unborn child at the time of the assessment, arguing the court does not have the right to deny the “unquantifiable blessing of life.”

The court agreed and dismissed her case in April, saying the “remarkable resilience” displayed by disabled persons refutes the claim that their lives are “inferior to non-existence.”

But for how long will this remain true? That, as the saying goes, no damage can come from the gift of life?

9 comments on “Downs and abortion

  1. “A wrongful life”.

    Perhaps, instead of arguing to Judge B That person C ‘ s life is “wrongful “, Person A should walk up to Persons D& E in the street and tell them their lives are wrongful. Make up a reason for this view and tell them this is “rational” and ” reason”.

  2. “The court agreed and dismissed her case in April, saying the “remarkable resilience” displayed by disabled persons refutes the claim that their lives are “inferior to non-existence.”

    Ah, but how many of the judges would decide to carry, or have their wives carry, a disabled child to term? That’s what we really need to know. After all, our cultural history – at least if you are white British – is that until almost all births happened in hospital, many poor disabled mites were allowed to die, perhaps even encouraged to die, shortly after birth, irrespective of the teachings of Christianity.

  3. We didn’t have the downs and other tests done for our 2nd kid, since Pregnancy Number 1 completely reversed both our positions of abortion from the standard view taught in UK and US schools to “No, no no no no, it’s killing babies”.

    I believe the term is being “mugged by Ultrasound”.

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