Monday, May 29, 2006

Perfection as the Enemy of the Good

The United Kingdom's Daily Mail reports that babies are being aborted for minor birth defects:
Late terminations have been performed in recent years because the babies had club feet, official figures show. Other babies were destroyed because they had webbed fingers or extra digits. Such defects can often be corrected with a simple operation or physiotherapy. The revelation sparked fears that abortion is increasingly being used to satisfy couples' desire for the 'perfect' baby...

But Jane Fisher of the charity Antenatal Results and Choices defended the right of parents to terminate pregnancies when defects are found. 'This is not part of a move towards designer babies,' she said.
It may sound funny, but I actually agree with Ms. Fisher. It's not a move towards designer babies. It's a move towards barbarism.