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UK: Writer advocates infanticide of disabled children

Posted 08/10-10 at 12.04

Virginia Ironside, columnist and writer, speaking on a BBC religious affairs programme on Sunday (Oct.5th), said: : 'If a baby's going to be born severely disabled or totally unwanted, surely an abortion is the act of a loving mother.' She added: 'If I were the mother of a suffering child - I mean a deeply suffering child - I would be the first to want to put a pillow over its face....'

Ironside said she recognised that disabled people could lead active and fulfilling lives, but there were millions of disabled and unwanted children around the world who were left suffering in institutions.

Clair Lewis, a prominent disability campaigner accused Ironside of using physical suffering as an excuse for advocating eugenics, through the abortion of disabled children. She said: 'The problems that disabled people face will not be fixed by killing off unborn children.'



Editorial comment: Although horrendous, Ironside's views remind us that eugenics, in this case advocating the elimination of disabled people, is still very much alive. Her statement echoes that of Peter Singer, notorious for his championing the infanticide of disabled newborns.

While many of us in the worldwide disability movement are campaigning for the recognition of our human rights for full social inclusion, here we have someone claiming that disabled people should not have the most fundamental right, the right to life. Ironside, like Peter Singer and other eugenicists, have either forgotten or reject the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which says: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights." Alternatively, it may simply be that they don't consider us to be human beings! It is also important to remember that the Nazi genocide began with the systematic murder of disabled children, branded as "useless eaters" and of having lives " unworthy of life". Like Ironside, the Nazis claimed that their deaths, by lethal injection, starvation or the gas chamber, were merciful.




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