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Author advocates Eugenics on BBC “any good mother would put a pillow over a suffering child”

Posted in Abortion, Eugenics, Infanticide with tags , , , , , , , on October 4, 2010 by saynsumthn

Outrage as agony aunt tells TV audience ‘I would suffocate a child to end its suffering’
By Vanessa Allen 4th October 2010

Television pundit Virginia Ironside prompted outrage yesterday after saying she would suffocate a child to end its suffering.

Shocked BBC viewers complained after the agony aunt said she would hold a pillow over the face of a child in pain.

Minutes earlier the controversial writer said ‘a loving mother’ would abort an unwanted or disabled baby, and praised abortion as ‘a moral and unselfish act’.

Miss Ironside said: ‘If a baby’s going to be born severely disabled or totally unwanted, surely an abortion is the act of a loving mother.’
She added: ‘If I were the mother of a suffering child – I mean a deeply suffering child – I would be the first to want to put a pillow over its face… If it was a child I really loved, who was in agony, I think any good mother would.’

Commentators accused the controversial writer of advocating eugenics, and disability rights campaigners branded her views ‘despicable’.

The mother-of-one and grandmother said it was better to terminate a pregnancy than to condemn a disabled or unwanted child to a lifetime of emotional or physical suffering.
She told BBC1’s religious discussion programme, Sunday Morning Live, that abortion could be an act of kindness in those circumstances.

She said: ‘Abortion can often be seen as something wicked and irresponsible, but in fact it can be a moral and unselfish act… Sometimes the decision of a good mother is not to have the child.’

Programme host Susanna Reid appeared visibly shocked by her comments during the live debate, gasping: ‘That’s a pretty horrifying thing to say, that you would put a pillow over a suffering child.’

The writer said she recognised that disabled people could lead active and fulfilling lives.

But she said there were millions of disabled and unwanted children around the world who were left suffering in institutions.

‘To go ahead and have a baby, knowing that you can’t give it some kind of stable upbringing, seems to me to be cruel,’ she said.

The controversial author and journalist has previously argued that doctors should not fight to save very premature babies.

Her latest comments were made as doctors prepared to lobby for a change in the law to allow people to help the terminally ill to die.
Disability campaigner Clair Lewis accused Miss Ironside of using physical suffering as an excuse for advocating eugenics, through the abortion of disabled children.
She said: ‘The problems that disabled people face will not be fixed by killing off unborn children.’

GP Peter Evans, of the Christian Medical Fellowship, said: ‘For us to make judgments that people are not worth life, not worth the opportunity to live, is a very dangerous thing.’
Viewers left a series of complaints on the programme’s website message board, although some praised the writer’s outspoken comments.

One wrote: ‘How on earth has this woman been able to put such views, care of the BBC, it is despicable? [sic] To put a view of murder on a TV program she should be arrested and charged with encouraging the act of murder on babies.’

Another branded her views ‘disgusting’, adding: ‘How can she suggest that a child’s quality of life can be so bad that they would be better off dead?’