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“The Abortion Debate No One Wants to Have”

Patricia E. Bauer with her husband, Edward Muller, and their children, Margaret and Johnny Muller, in June at Margaret’s high school graduation in Massachusetts.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Christina Overland

Patricia E. Bauer, former Washington Post reporter and bureau chief, writes a stunningly pro-life Op-Ed today titled “The Abortion Debate No One Wants to Have.” The article discusses whether it is right to abort a baby simply because pre-natal testing confirms that the baby has a disability. In Bauer’s case, the issue is intensely personal because she is raising a daughter named Margaret who has Down syndrome. She writes this about her daughter:

Margaret is a person and a member of our family. She has my husband’s eyes, my hair and my mother-in-law’s sense of humor. We love and admire her because of who she is — feisty and zesty and full of life — not in spite of it. She enriches our lives. If we might not have chosen to welcome her into our family, given the choice, then that is a statement more about our ignorance than about her inherent worth.

What I don’t understand is how we as a society can tacitly write off a whole group of people as having no value. I’d like to think that it’s time to put that particular piece of baggage on the table and talk about it, but I’m not optimistic. People want what they want: a perfect baby, a perfect life. To which I say: Good luck. Or maybe, dream on.

And here’s one more piece of un-discussable baggage: This question is a small but nonetheless significant part of what’s driving the abortion discussion in this country. I have to think that there are many pro-choicers who, while paying obeisance to the rights of people with disabilities, want at the same time to preserve their right to ensure that no one with disabilities will be born into their own families. The abortion debate is not just about a woman’s right to choose whether to have a baby; it’s also about a woman’s right to choose which baby she wants to have.

This is a great Op-Ed. I hope you make time to read the whole thing.

One Comment

  • sofyst

    You know as well as I that this is not the abortion issue. Whether or not abortion is correct or not is based upon whether or not the mother’s life is in danger. So as to protect the life of the mother, we must permit EVERY abortion. Since we value the lives of mothers so much, and wanting to allow them the option to save themselves, we of course will allow this necessary (but horrid) idea that some may abort their disable children…sorry, I did not mean any of that, it was the fool in me coming out.

    Oh, and Joshua ( has written something about the Baptismal issue that you and I were discussing today; Perhaps you could do something about that. I plan on writing something myself…perhaps we could create a blog-storm concerning Piper’s baptismal issue and therefore bring into the forefront the issue of Baptism all together.

    I also wrote something about abortion upon my site (, I was wondering if you agreed or not.

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