Doctor: Pressure women to abort for the “social good”

Dr. Harry Harris in Prenatal Diagnosis and Selective Abortion:

“In traditional societies, the doctors should only be concerned with the welfare of their patients. But in these changing social times, some may take a wider view of their responsibilities. They may, for example, consider the family, even if they are not inclined to the idea, should be pressed to take advantage of the opportunity [to have an abortion] for the social good….it is socially desirable to minimize as far as possible the amount of ill health in the community.”

He argues that to give birth to a handicapped child imposes a “burden on society.”

Harry Harris Prenatal Diagnosis and Selective Abortion (Nufflied Provincial Hospital Trust, 1974)

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. and is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.
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