Pro-Choicers: We shouldn’t save premature babies because they might be disabled

By Sarah Terzo

  Pro-Choice authors Harold J Morowitz and James S Trefil wrote:

… We must discuss one further disagreeable fact. In the language of physicians, the term survivability means just that: the ability of the infant to remain alive. It says nothing about what we usually call the quality of life…

Many 750 gram infants who survive turn out to have disabilities like severe cerebral dysfunction and mental retardation, and there seems to be no way of predicting the outcome of intensive care procedures. This fact has led many in the field to question the usefulness of allocating scarce research funds to pursue survivability to earlier ages…

The question that is asked is whether it is justified to expend limited medical resources in heroic efforts to keep extremely premature infants alive when there is such a need for those resources elsewhere.

Harold J Morowitz and James S Trefil, The Facts of Life: Science in the Abortion Controversy (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992) p.142.

Since 1992 there have been many advances, and most premature babies born today do not become disabled. However, it is appalling that pro-choicers would support letting babies die because disabled people don’t deserve to have money spent on them.

Editor’s note.  This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.