Pearl Buck, Nobel prize-winning author of The Good Earth, had a daughter who was severely mentally handicapped, yet indicated that she would not have aborted her child
“[I]n this world where cruelty prevails in so many aspects of our life I would not add the weight of choice to kill rather than to let live…..
“I fear the power of choice over life or death at human hands. I see no human being, whom I should ever trust with such power – not myself, not any other. Human wisdom, human integrity are not great enough. Since the fetus is a creature already alive and in the process of development, to kill it is to choose death over life. At what point should we allow this choice? For me the answer is – at no point, once life has begun. At no point, I repeat, either as life begins or as life ends, for we who are human beings cannot, for our own safety, be allowed to choose death…”
Pearl S Buck, foreword, the Terrible Choice by Robert E Cooke at al. (New York: Bantam, 1968), X I
James F Bohan. The House of Atreus: Abortion Is a Human Rights Issue (Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Publishers, 1999) 28 – 29Share on Facebook