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mk  ·  97 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Last Children of Down Syndrome

It's strange to me reading this article in the context of abortion without cause. In the US, abortion is offered and legally protected, and there is no need for cause. It's best if you don't state the reasons if you tell anyone at all, because without reasons, you cannot easily be judged. "I cannot support a child" or "I am not ready for a child" are sufficient in some circles. There are more widely acceptable reasons.

My life would be significantly different were it not for an abortion. There would be another life, perhaps healthy, perhaps not, perhaps happy, perhaps not; most likely it would be some combination of them.

For those that support abortion, it seems acceptable to prevent inconvenient life, as long as the inconvenience doesn't originate from specifics about the life itself. If specifics about the life are involved, then suffering must be the cause, and the suffering must be significant. That seems philosophically Western to me.

On the other hand, I have heard our Chinese acquaintances relate an abortion as if it were a tooth extraction.

When it comes to disability, you needn't go back far to step out of the Overton Window. I'm sure it will leave our present time soon.

We are all monsters in someone else's time.