CANBERRA, November 13, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Australian Parliamentary Group on Population and Development has been slammed by Queensland Senator Ron Boswell for holding to Nazi-style eugenic ideology on the abortion of disabled children. “This revisiting of eugenics principles is repugnant to a society that prides itself on the contribution of all,” Boswell said. The pro-abortion group had made a submission, signed by 41 Australian MPs, to the parliamentary committee that is examining the issue of abortion in Australia. The group said paying women a Medicare rebate for second-trimester abortions would save the government about $180,000 a year, due to the high costs of caring for handicapped babies who are allowed to be born. Removing the abortion rebate, the group said, would place “emotional, physical, mental, and financial stress on families, denying women and couples the right to decide if they are equipped to raise a child with disabilities.” According to Christian Today, so far 7 of the MPs whose names were affixed to the submission have disowned its statements about abortion and handicapped children. Boswell heavily criticised the submission, saying that its “underlying premise” is based on eugenic principles that governments should prefer to kill the disabled rather than support them. He said it holds that “some lives are worth less than others because they will cost too much to support.”“This is the kind of thinking that was typical of the Hitler regime. They set themselves up as judge of who deserved to live and who deserves to die.”In the period leading up to the Second World War, the Nazi government of Germany began to implement its eugenics policies, meant to “cleanse” the German people of undesirable “racial traits.” This meant in practice the killing of those children, and later, adults, considered by the state to be genetically defective. Thousands of children and adults who suffered from mental and physical disabilities were starved and gassed to death and killed by lethal injection. More recently, the utilitarian eugenics movement has gained popularity in scientific circles that propose to eliminate undesirable traits by killing those unborn babies, and, increasingly, newborns, who are found to be genetically deficient. Utilitarian philosophers and bioethicists like Princeton University’s Peter Singer, openly advocate for the killing of disabled children in the womb and as newborns. Currently the abortion rate for babies with Down syndrome is estimated to be as high as 95% in many Western countries, indicating that modern utilitarian eugenics is already being implemented on a widespread scale.
I don’t think anyone can seriously argue any longer that our civilization (as we know it) is going to survive. The definition of “disability” will change to encompass a wide swath of “undesirables”. We know which groups are undesirable today, and some of the reasons for abortion are indeed quite revealing as to the depths of depravity western society has fallen. We also terminate on the other end of the spectrum for equally absurd reasons. We are a society that prides itself on the strong, the attractive, and the powerful. There isn’t much room for people who fall short of that standard. The problem, however, is that being strong and attractive is a relative idea. There are always going to be less attractive people and less intelligent people. So the killing, I assume, will continue until we reach Nirvana, I suppose, or until the Second Coming — which ever comes first.
Anyone with a basic grasp of common decency and common sense can see where all this killing is going to lead. The problem is that we live in a culture with little of these two qualities but a great deal of cowardice and stupidity. The stupid people can’t see it because they are drowning in their own sin, and since sin makes us stupid, they are happy to keep the train running right off the cliff. The other great portion of our society is made up of cowards who can read the writing on the wall but don’t want to rock the boat. They don’t want to say the things that need to be said or do the things that need to be done because they love their position of influence and their money more than they love the truth. Best to pass the buck and let the next sucker deal with the problem.
And then there’s us: a very small remnant who hold out the truth that every single human being from conception to natural death has eternal and intrinsic self-worth and dignity. No one can morally take away this dignity or presume to enslave others in the pernicious lies that some human beings are worth less than others or, even more abominable, that they can be slaughtered or terminated because they don’t meet some man-made standard of “quality of life”.
Only an absolute and inalienable recognition of the value of every human life can sustain us. It is the one and only principle that can save us from the tyranny of despots and our own self-destruction.
Abortion cannot represent the future because the future is about life, and abortion does not give life. It gives death. To the unborn. To our families. To our communities. To our legal and political institutions. To our economy. To our social programs. And then to the civilization as a whole.
The pro-aborts thought they could limit death to the unborn, but they didn’t realize that death, once invited to dinner, wants the whole pie not just one piece of it.