Thursday, November 17, 2011

Israeli youth with disabilities sue for wrongful life

A rare double post from me:

This story is troubling, very troubling. A report at LifeSiteNews tells of Israeli children with disabilities who are suing because they weren't aborted! They are suing for "wrongful life"!

The article states:
While similar lawsuits in the United States and Canada are often brought by the parents of disabled children, it is common in Israel for the children themselves to demand compensation for the fact that they were not killed in-utero.
An increasing number of children, suing on their own behalf in Israel, are telling their country, their doctors and their parents, they'd rather be dead! That is a sick and pervasive result of the culture of death. These children suffer from  a  "genetic disorders caused by consanguineous (connected by kinship) marriages." This cultural reality "has fueled a 'pro-genetic testing culture'.” Instead of feeling loved, cared for, and given every opportunity to excel at their developmental/physical level, these children feel defeated and useless.

It's worse than that. Instead of changing the mentality of the culture, their parents have decided to continue the tradition to inter-marry and abort the genetic "problem". Those who chose to keep those babies are now faced with children who want monetary compensation for their parents' decision to give them life. And, they are testifying in their behalf!


Dr. Avraham Steinberg
“I find it very difficult to understand how parents can go on the witness stand and tell their children ‘it would have been better for you not to have been born,” offered Rabbi Avraham Steinberg, a medical ethicist at Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem. Who wouldn't find this difficult to understand? Parents are agreeing that their children would be better off dead. This from a people who during WWII were exterminated by the millions, now they want to perpetrate it upon themselves? It's mind boggling. 

What do you think?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like more than just a result of the culture of death. Sounds like it's also a result of the breakdown of the family -- it's highly unlikely that these children suing their parents come from families were everyone in the family truly loves each other. Perhaps these are children who grew up being told they are burdens because of their disabilities rather than that they loved regardless of their disabilities?

Kathy said...

Thanks for the comment! Actually, they are suing physicians, and their parents are testifying on their behalf. It's crazy. And, I also think that the culture of death in large part has resulted in the break down of the family.