Betty Friedan Calls Disabled Babies “Monsters”

By Sarah Terzo

CNBC’s “Hardball” debate on partial birth abortion between Helen Alvare of the National Council of Catholic Bishops and Betty Friedan, well known pro-choice feminist:

Friedan: “How lacking in compassion you are for women’s right to control their bodies! You want to force women to give birth to monsters! How terrible you are.

Alvare: “Calling disabled people “monsters” is hardly a start for a dialogue.”

Keep in mind that many of the babies aborted in the late 2nd and 3rd trimester, when partial-birth abortions were performed, are down syndrome children. Classifying these handicapped children (or any handicapped children) as monsters should be deeply offensive to everyone who cares about the disabled.

“News Briefs” The American Feminist volume 4 number 3, Fall 1997.