So terminating a healthy baby because it has an extra chromosome is ok?
Yes it is. Abortion is not illegal.
But if we are discussing the morality of the biological parents, as most if these arguments seem to be based on, then surely it raises the issue of how our society values (or not) people born with prenatally diagnosable disabilities. And in that case, the ridiculously high termination rates following prenatal 'abnormality' diagnosis comes into play.
I don't see how people who would most likely have terminated a pregnancy following a positive DS diagnosis can so vocally and vehemently condemn the biological parents of Gammy
But we are comparing situations that are similar. The value of people with disabilities and arguments surrounding them is applicable regardless of whether they are born or terminated. A parent who chooses to terminate their pregnancy because of DS has, in effect, turned their bak on their child in the same way that Gammy has been.
The situations are completely different to me.
If what reports are saying are true, the parents have chosen to leave their baby with someone who was not related to them, who lives in a developing country (in poverty if reports are to be believed) who would have no way of paying for the life saving surgery the baby needs.
I hear what you are saying that it highlights how people with disabilities are valued or not in our society, but abandoning a living baby, and in such a way to hide the fact he existed (After all, they could have brought him back to Australia to be adopted) is completely different.
Their actions have significant ramifications for people who have no responsibility for this baby.
I have some interesting information. I spoke to someone who is directly related to a gay couple waiting to bring their babies home from Thailand.
Apparently news is starting to emerge that the Australian couple only had one baby (not twins) and that Gammy is not their child. I am not sure exactly whose baby it is.
Channel 9 and ABC radio might be on to it, but I haven't found any direct web links yet.
Last edited by 2BlueBirds; 04-08-2014 at 10:31.
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