Something disturbing has been happening in relation to abortion law. It's been around for a few years now but I haven't seen any specific, substantial response to the chilling phenomenon of "wrongful life" lawsuits. In these lawsuits which turn the classic "wrongful death" cases around and seek, among other monetary awards, "punitive damages for having to live with a disabled child".
Can you imagine saying that to your child? Not in the heat of frustration and anger, but in cold clinical language in a courtroom. These suits are ostensibly filed on behalf of the child, claiming an early death by abortion would have been preferable to a life that is less than perfect.
Tragically, these kinds of lawsuits have become commonplace in Israel where they should be a little bit more leery of a Lebensunwertes Leben legal philosophy. Read the article by Dr. Denise Hunnell here.
On a related note, Rape Exception is one of those nonsensical devices used by politicians and others who don't have the courage to follow through on the defense of antenatal life. Sara Johnson asks the question I've been asking for what seems ages, Why Do We Kill Babies Instead of Rapists?
Aren't the sequelae of postmodern thinking grand?