Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Perfect North Korean babies

So the latest article making the rounds is about some North Korean defector saying that it is common practice in North Korea to kill babies born with birth defects.

"There are no people with physical defects in North Korea," Ri told members of the New Right Union, which groups local activists and North Korean refugees. He said babies born with physical disabilities were killed in infancy in hospitals or in homes and were quickly buried. The practice is encouraged by the state, Ri said, as a way of purifying the masses and eliminating people who might be considered "different".

I'm kind of torn on this one to be honest. I think that if a couple were to give birth to a human chiapet, and they wanted to love and take care of it, then that is their choice, and the state has no right to interfere. At the same time, I think that it if the only other option were to live as a ward of the state and have a crappy life, then perhaps this isn't such a bad thing. Granted, I'd prefer that something like this happen way before the transition is made from "bunch of organic goo" to "little person", but maybe that's just me.

And just to cut off one line of argument, yes, I know all about Stephen Hawking, and guess what, theres probably a thousand neglected kids suffering abuse and neglect in various institutions all over the world that are just like him.


Blogger Islandgirl said...

And the counter to that is that there are thousands of perfectly "normal" kids also being mistreated and abused in homes and institutions around the world. Why not get rid of them too? No one really wants them either!....and what about the old, sick people, or people who have had an accident and are no longer "normal".Can people with mental problems also be added to the list? When you open the door, or turn a blind eye on the selective destruction of life it opens a whole new can of worms. Remember Hitler? Hey I have brown hair and brown eyes..not blonde with blue eyes..I might not have been here today had his master plan succeeded. Who decides what 'normal' or perfect is - is there even any such thing? Good reading on the topic is the book Chrysalids.

Bottom line is life is precious in any form, no one has the right to take it.

March 30, 2006 7:09 AM  

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