A Wrongful Birth?


I swear I’m not doing this on purpose! I don’t know what it is about 2006, but the hits just keep on rolling. Case in point: this article from this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. The topic refers back to an article that Joe linked to on a previous post. Lots of interesting issues here that go way beyond the (in comparison) pedestrian debate about abortion. I wish I had time to delve into it more deeply, but I just got back to the office from being horribly sick for five days and have a conference call.


2 Responses to “A Wrongful Birth?”

  1. Al Sturgeon Says:

    I actually had time to read this article!!! And I absolutely LOVE the last paragraph. It communicates the dichotomous nature found within each of our lives – nothing is as easy as we’d like to make it out to be.

    This is why, although I remain theoretically opposed to abortion, I stay far away from the picket signs. The issue remains too cluttered with the mess all around us to vehemently reduce it to a simple “for” or “against.” That seems to insult its complexities.

    I “wish” for a world with no unwanted children. Past that, my view is that I should only (a) do what I can to care for the unwanted kids already here AND (b) help teach adults to love.

    I think legislating, “Thou shalt want kids,” is a bit too idealistic for even me.

  2. susansinclair Says:

    I was surprised the article didn’t include a remark from the disability rights folks. And, of course, as a non-parent, I always feel sooo holier than though, like I would never resent parenting a special needs child. A mile in someone else’s shoes and all that.

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