Earlier this week, animal rights advocate and ethicist Peter Singer restated his position on killing disabled babies for the UK Independent “You Ask the Questions” column. In response to a reader’s question “Would you kill a disabled baby?,” Singer replied:
Yes, if that was in the best interests of the baby and of the family as a whole. Many people find this shocking, yet they support a woman’s right to have an abortion. One point on which I agree with opponents of abortion is that, from the point of view of ethics rather than the law, there is no sharp distinction between the fetus and the newborn baby.
This isn’t really news since for some time now Singer has been promoting euthanasia of the disabled. But I thought I’d share this just in case some people didn’t know about Peter Singer’s unflinching ethics.
Folks interested in doing civil rights activism related to the disability community or just learning more about why life with disabilities is still worth living should get in touch with the local group Disabilities Network of NYC or the national group Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund.