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    Default Doctor Loses License After Aborting the "Wrong" Baby

    AlbertMohler.com – NewsNote: Aborting the “Wrong” Baby?

    The news out of Sarasota, Florida caught many people by surprise. A doctor in the city has lost his license because he aborted what is now described as the “wrong” baby. Back in 2006, Dr. Matthew Kachinas had been asked to perform an abortion on a baby that had been identified as having Down syndrome and other congenital defects. Instead, the doctor aborted that baby’s healthy twin.
    We now know that the vast majority of babies identified prenatally as carrying the genetic markers for Down syndrome are aborted. National statistics indicate that 80-90% of such babies are now aborted — meaning that we have launched a search and destroy mission on Down syndrome babies in the womb.
    How can americans possibly say they view all life as equal when they allow 80-90% of babies with downs syndrome to be aborted.

    The interesting thing is that many tests that indicate birth defects aren't 100% which means many women are unwittingly aborting perfectly healthy babies. You know we as a society look down on the spartans for their infanticide of "imperfect babies" but at least they gave the babies a chance to come out of the womb before they judged them.

    What is the real scandal here — that this doctor was ready to kill a baby with Down syndrome, or merely that he aborted “the wrong baby?”

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    Since I think a woman reserves the choice to abort any baby she's having, even one known to be perfectly healthy, it does not strike me as particularly scandalous that someone would specifically want to abort a fetus with probable disability.
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    My first thought is that the situation seems relatively easy to abort the other baby in. I'm left wondering what are the exact chances, in order to make the decision of whether it was the doctor's fault or not.

    I'm not against abortion and don't see how aborting babies that will very likely suffer throughout life is worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueGray View Post
    I'm not against abortion and don't see how aborting babies that will very likely suffer throughout life is worse.
    This kind of thinking scares me. We all suffer.
    What does suffering have to do with the value of life?
    Are poor Africans less valuable than rich Americans because they suffer more?

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    "And life: since, even if no other good were the result of life, it is desirable in itself."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beefeater View Post
    This kind of thinking scares me. We all suffer.
    What does suffering have to do with the value of life?
    Are poor Africans less valuable than rich Americans because they suffer more?
    I'm saying I don't view aborting a baby with downs syndrome as worse than aborting any other baby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beefeater View Post
    This kind of thinking scares me. We all suffer.
    What does suffering have to do with the value of life?
    Are poor Africans less valuable than rich Americans because they suffer more?
    Thinking like the above is what scares me.

    First of all genetics have nothing to do with income...Second, a mentally retarded child will never be able to live life to the fullest like a healthy individual could. Im all for aborting babies that with almost absolute certainty will live an unfulfilled life or one full of pain and misery.

    But at the same time if a family wishes to raise such a child then who am I to say no to them? Even though id like to be able to.....
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    I already addressed many of these issues in this thread
    http://www.typologycentral.com/forum...-abortion.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    I already addressed many of these issues in this thread
    http://www.typologycentral.com/forum...-abortion.html
    Yeah... I didn't necessarily want to start another 50 page thread on abortion. I'm sure others such as yourself have done a far better job of defending the pro-life position than I could.

    I just thought people should be aware of this story.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hexis View Post
    Thinking like the above is what scares me.
    Why? What's so dangerous about thinking that all humans are equal because human life is inherently valuable? It's that kind of thinking that led to the abolition of slavery.

    First of all genetics have nothing to do with income...
    I never said they did. Perhaps I should have been more specific lest I come off as a racist. "Are the poor in africa less valuable than the rich in america?"

    Second, a mentally retarded child will never be able to live life to the fullest like a healthy individual could. Im all for aborting babies that with almost absolute certainty will live an unfulfilled life or one full of pain and misery.

    But at the same time if a family wishes to raise such a child then who am I to say no to them? Even though id like to be able to.....
    It sounds to me that you would have been up for wiping out most of the human race up to what? A hundred years ago?

    Until then most people lived their lives doing backbreaking work and suffering from innumerable ailments.

    What does it mean to live a fulfilled life... and what does health have to do with it?

    Moreover, why is there necessarily a correlation between health and happiness?

    Happy people are those that are content with their present condition whatever it may be.

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    It's not very rational to base the value of human life on accidental factors.

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