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Feb. 15th, 2003
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February 19th, 2003 03:59 am (UTC)
People have children for selfish reasons. Nobody ever asked a sperm cell and an ovum whether they wished to be united. When a child is born the parents have to support it financially, physically and emotionally for more than a decade (in the US, over 2 decades). They have every right to say we refuse this burden, especially if the child is seriously deformed. (The usurpation of parental rights by the state in the name of the child is just another statist power grab.)
The child is not in a position to make a decision nor can it support it's decision in any way since it is completely dependant on the parents for everything except oxygen.
Parents of handicapped children do usually ask for support but this would be irrelevant if it was legal to kill the child and they then chose to do so.
The whole notion that an infant has rights is derived from the religious position that it has a soul. Economically and politically it makes no sense to say an infant has rights since it has no power to even ask for it's rights, let alone defend them.