Wednesday, September 17, 2008

‘Objectivist’ writer: Trig Palin a financial burden who should have been aborted

From Newsbusters:

In stunningly self-centered, cruel fashion, Nicholas Provenzo, writer for the Center for the Advancement of Capitalism suggests that Sarah Palin’s decision to give birth to a child with Down Syndrome, is a financial burden that others are forced to suffer with.

Provenzo, who has written opinion pieces for the Washington Times, Capitalism Magazine, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, as well as being a guest on Bill Maher’s former show, Politically Incorrect, makes his case for “the morality of aborting a fetus diagnosed with Down syndrome.”

The full first paragraph of the piece which is circulating amidst the blogosphere reads (emphasis mine):
Like many, I am troubled by the implications of Alaska governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin's decision to knowingly give birth to a child disabled with Down syndrome. Given that Palin's decision is being celebrated in some quarters, it is crucial to reaffirm the morality of aborting a fetus diagnosed with Down syndrome (or by extension, any unborn fetus)—a freedom that anti-abortion advocates seek to deny.

Morally justifiable reasons for killing a baby? There is no justifiable reason for taking any child's life, and to call it a moral obligation to society is undeniably one of the more disgusting things to be written by a human being, about another human being.

In fact, advocating the abortion of a child based on the potential of that child having a disease or imperfection of some kind raises echoes of Nazi Germany’s quest for an Aryan race.

The suggestion that another life should be ended based on the presence of an extra chromosome, and that another healthy individual’s own life is more precious because of that, is over the top narcissism.

Maybe this shouldn’t surprise quite so much. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that sick individuals were offering up baby Trig on ebay. We live in a society where skeptics simply can't admire someone who stands on their principals. They must tear them down by insinuating that such a move is merely a political prop. Or, in this case, they argue that choosing life was actually a selfish move. A stunning argument to say the least.

However, Mr. Provenzo demonstrates his own level of selfishness in his rant. He doesn’t go the typical route of the pro-choice crowd, but reveals some very bizarre reasoning for why it is Palin’s obligation to have killed her baby boy. . .

Read it all. All I can think of to do is to pray for Mr. Provenzo - what a sad life.


Perpetua said...

Dear Anne,

We are blessed with such an abundance of resources that his argument seems absurd.

But Anne, I hope hope you will not view me as a troll for raising this, if I wonder how people in countries with dire poverty view this. For them, would the extra food and effort of caring for a child like Trig mean the difference between survival and starvation?

Hmmm, it is my impression that in many countries parents abandon the babies they feel they cannot nurture. I think they leave them at orphanages or at Christian churches.

Actually, I remember reading a Somerset Maugham short story about the time before the Chinese Communist Revolution that included a description of a place in a city in China where the unwanted babies were left to die or, if lucky, be taken by another family.

It is my impression that Christianity grew in China in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in part due to the nuns who nurtured the abandoned crippled babies and girl babies, raising them to be Christians.

Anne Coletta said...

I know what you're saying, Perpetua. We are blessed in this country with the resources to handle a special needs child - it is easy for me to say that the financial burden should be borne. And the Palins can obviously care for Trig, and with four older siblings he will have a loving family around him for life. I, too, imagine how truly difficult it must be for those in poor countries to have and keep a child that cannot work or contribute to the family (and obviously there are gradients here on disability and special needs). To have a completely dependent child would be next to impossible in a situation where the family is daily struggling for shelter and food. And this is where I think the church can be a blessing, where we as Christians can try to live out Christ's command to love our neighbors as ourselves. Whether we are able to help physically or monetarily, we are called on to help those facing these hard decisions.