Wednesday 7 December 2016

Abort it and try again? Whining Dawkins is illogical and medieval

Richard Dawkins' views on Down syndrome are clueless and whingeing, and may have ruined him, says Brendan O'Connor

Published 24/08/2014 | 02:30

Lack Of Rationale: As someone who prides himself on being an arch-rationalist, it’s surprising that Professor Dawkins, above, would claim that he didn’t really mean what he said
Lack Of Rationale: As someone who prides himself on being an arch-rationalist, it’s surprising that Professor Dawkins, above, would claim that he didn’t really mean what he said

Science is moving at such a rate now that it is thought it will soon be possible to detect traces of Richard Dawkinsness in an unborn child, giving the mother the choice to abort that child. And it would be immoral not to abort a baby that showed signs of Dawkinsness, wouldn't it?

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If you take Dawkins' own morality, which is based on "a desire to increase the sum of happiness and reduce suffering, the decision to deliberately give birth to a [Richard Dawkins] when you have the choice to abort it early in the pregnancy, might actually be immoral from the point of view of the child's own welfare."

Dawkins, you may have seen, said the above during the week, not about himself but in relation to foetuses with Down syndrome. In fact, the above was what he said in his whingeing "apology". What he had initially said, on Twitter, in response to someone who said she was unsure what she would do if she was carrying a foetus that had DS, was, "Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice".

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