Richard Dawkins is at it again. This time he is making pronouncements on what women should do if they find out they are pregnant with a child with Down Syndrome.
"Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice."
Unsurprisingly, this proved to be contentious, and Dawkins later posted an explanation of his opinion to his blog which read in part:
"If your morality is based, as mine is, on a desire to increase the sum of happiness and reduce suffering, the decision to deliberately give birth to a Down's baby, when you have the choice to abort it early in the pregnancy, might actually be immoral from the point of view of the child's own welfare."
So in Dawkins view, the life of people with Down Syndrome is nothing but suffering, and therefore, they should just be aborted? Nice to know that he's omniscient, and can judge the lives of countless people he has never met.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised that Dawkins once again outed himself as an arrogant, judgemental prick. I just wish Jean Vanier, founder of the L'Arche communities for people with Developmental Disabilities had an English Twitter account. I'd love to see him respond to Dawkins.
Honestly I think we need a website modelled on "Did DC do something stupid today?" that asks the question "Did Richward Dawkins say something arrogant today?"