“Because, it’s where I Peter Singer, say so.” Peter Singer, in fact, argues for killing babies born with such conditions.Once objective morality is gone, essentially might make right.In it, she pointed out that although the doctors claim they’re killing Down syndrome babies to “prevent suffering”, those with Down’s have a very happy life and rank above average on personal fulfillment. Mancini quotes Sally Phillips, an actress famous for leading roles in several British sketch comedy shows and sitcoms who’s also the mother of a child with Down syndrome.
Iceland aborts about 98% of babies prenatally diagnosed with Down Syndrome and averages under 2 babies born with Down’s a year.CBS recently featured Iceland as “the country where Down syndrome is disappearing,” and lauded how they have “virtually eliminate[d] Down syndrome.” Many pro-life groups quickly shot back that Iceland was boasting of no medical advance to accompany that statistic, only a death option. Mancini wrote an op-ed that was picked up by the Washington Post.Sure, a philosopher can argue it is based on the amount of happiness a person can provide or receive, or based on the fact they have certain capabilities, but both of these ultimately come down to “Because I say so.” How do you compare happiness and how can we know another’s true happiness now yet alone years down the line?“Because I a utilitarian philosopher say so.” How do we determine at what line of capabilities killing is immoral?This flies in the face of everything Catholicism stands for when it argues for honoring the innate dignity of the human person.
If we base human nature on anything than nature, objective morality disappears.You’re lucky, actually.” Beyond the obvious pro-life cause to prevent all abortion, I think there are three more important points for Catholics to consider regarding the Iceland story and the fact that in America the vast majority of babies testing positive for Down’s are aborted, too.Sequencing a genome has gone from costing millions to being provided in ancestry tests which, for your own entertainment, you can buy for under 0.It is a society where you are no longer a miracle but a product: thus humans can be used for some grand plan rather than have the freedom to each live their own life. Matthew wants to help you experience Jesus and become his apostle. CATHOLIC STAND is an e-publication presenting essays and creative non-fiction, offering substantive resources with thoughtful insights into how to live the Truth that the Church teaches, owned by Little Vatican Media.By affirming that human beings who seem like imperfect “others” possess the same intrinsic dignity as any other human being, just as entitled to his or her life, and to live it, we protect all from oppression. He is a priest with the Legionaries of Christ ordained in 2013, and lives in the Washington DC metro area where he studies at STL and helps out with a few ministries. Matthew is also one of the top priests on social media with over 35,000 Twitter followers. This column is the last in a series of 3 columns on ethics and human happiness Knowledge of the Divine within the Created Order St.Almost every one of us has someone who we love or who loves us but has one of these conditions.