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The Fallacy of a Worthless Life

kgsnccc Wrote: May 18, 2012 3:13 PM
I read that the current Pope's cousin who had Down's Syndrome was "eliminated" by the Nazi eugenics program--the sad reality is that many elite scientists then and now would have been supportive of the extermination camps had they been limited to people with disabilities. Infanticide in particular became a popular idea and practice in the early U.S. Progressive era--popularized in a silent film by a prominent Chicago surgeon--The Black Stork--read Amazon's synopsis of the book of the same title for more info. When my mother worked in a hospital office in the 60's--she heard a roomful of doctors and nurses brazenly admit to killing severely disabled newborns--the parents never even knew what happened--and only she voiced an objection.

For good or for ill, when we hear someone talking about a “worthy life,” our minds usually equate it with a successful life. We may think of examples of people who have contributed to the betterment of mankind via technological advances, medicinal breakthroughs, or great strides in bringing peace to war-torn parts of the world.

However, when German scholars Karl Binding and Alfred Hoche reference a worthy life, they are differentiating between those whom they believe we are justified in killing (via abortion, euthanasia, etc.) and those whom we are not allowed to kill. And the book they’ve recently translated,...