Monday, June 25, 2007

Culture of Death

A society with a diminished sense of the value of human life at its earliest stages has already opened the door to a culture of death.

Prenatal diagnosis, which presents no moral objections if carried out in order to identify the medical treatment which may be needed by the child in the womb, all too often becomes an opportunity for proposing and procuring an abortion. This is eugenic abortion, justified in public opinion on the basis of a mentality -- mistakenly held to be consistent with the demands of "therapeutic interventions" -- which accepts life only under certain conditions and rejects it when it is affected by any limitation, handicap or illness.

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