Friday, December 9, 2011
The "Disabled" and "Choice"
I stumbled upon a blog today that I thought was interesting. It is written by a disabled feminist and challenges "pro-choice" people to really accept the disabled and their right to life and to having children. What is interesting is that in many ways, she and her commenters take what could be considered an extremely pro-life Catholic view - that the disabled are of equal worth and dignity, and they and their possible children have value. Where we differ is on the belief that women should be able to abort for whatever reason they want to. They never mention morality, because that would be wrong in their world, but in some ways they are more moral then average people who think abortion is OK if there is something wrong with the baby, and you should avoid giving birth to a less-than-perfect child at all costs.
The author and her commenters are VERY careful to make sure everyone knows they are not "pro-forced birth" people, and that they have extreme disdain for those who they think are. Their lingo is a bit different then what we are used to: what we call "normal" is called being "temporarily-abled," but their belief that people with disabilities of any kind have a right to life, even though that life may not be perfect - and that they too can have children, is a very Catholic view. Some of the commenters even use pro-life evidence that many early feminists were eugenicists that wanted disabled women to be sterilized to protect the species.
We have much common ground here with the Feminists With Disabilities. Another interesting post at the site is about many people's belief that it is better to be dead then have disabilities. Again it is a very pro-life Catholic view that people have worth and that "it is just pain," and one can move past it to have a good life. I would really be interested in your take on this. Be aware that if you want to leave a comment there, the blog comments are VERY rigidly policed, and that if you don't seem to be in line with their beliefs your comment will not be published.