Disability rights activist speaks out against aborting disabled babies

Disabled woman and activist Marsha Saxton:

“The message at the heart of widespread selective abortion on the basis of prenatal diagnosis is the greatest insult: some of us are “too flawed” in our very DNA to exist; we are unworthy of being born… Fighting for this issue, our right and worthiness to be born, is the fundamental challenge to disability oppression; it underpins our most basic claim to justice and equality – we are indeed worthy of being born, worth the help and expense, and we know it!”

Marsha Saxton “Disability Rights and Selective Abortion” Ricky Solinger, ed. Abortion Wars: A Half Century of Struggle, 1950 – 2000 (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University Of California Press, 1997) 391

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Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life. She lives in NJ.

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