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Reading: Abortion

Women's and Gender Studies
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Jenny Janke

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Reading: Abortion
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Barbara A. Crow & Lise Gotell (Eds.). Open Boundaries: A Canadian Women's Studies Reader Toronto:
Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2006. 228-232. Print.
"There is no absolute right to choose whether to have a disabled child or not." [229]
Abortion of children with found disabilities helps to reduce the number, not entirely eliminate
Sends negative message to people with disabilities saying they are not wanted in
"strengthens the widely held belief that life with a disability is not worth living"
"It might weaken efforts to increase accessibility and opportunities for people with disabilities,
because it appears to reduce social problems of people with disabilities by reducing the number of
people with disabilities."
"might lead to even greater reluctance to commit resources to medical treatment of people with
incurable conditions-treatment that makes their lives more comfortable and rewarding."[231]
Parents who are pregnant with a disabled child do not get adequate information about the
disabilities, also today parents "must provide the extra resources, especially the time and energy,
required for raising children with disabilities."
"Screening of fetuses and selective abortion are likely to begin as voluntary medical procedures
but become socially mandatory fairly quickly"
"Genetic screening and selective abortion of potentially disabled fetuses might lead to increased
tolerance for eugenic policies in general and expansion of eugenic efforts into other areas"
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