The War on the Disabled
Visitations from Margaret Sanger’s ghost are making their way into the news. The Patron Saint of Dilatation and Evacuation, and heroine of the Left’s educated class, has been summoned through intonations of Eugenics and “reproductive rights,” and apparitions where the disabled, “feeble-minded” and “unfit” dwell are becoming increasingly frequent. She once wrote…
“While I personally believe in the sterilization of the feeble-minded, the insane and syphilitic, I have not been able to discover that these measures are more than superficial deterrents when applied to the constantly growing stream of the unfit. They are excellent means of meeting a certain phase of the situation, but I believe in regard to these, as in regard to other eugenic means, that they do not go to the bottom of the matter. Neither the mating of healthy couples nor the sterilization of certain recognized types of the unfit touches the great problem of unlimited reproduction of those whose housing, clothing, and food are all inadequate to physical and mental health. These measures do not touch those great masses, who through economic pressure populate the slums and there produce in their helplessness other helpless, diseased and incompetent masses, who overwhelm all that eugenics can do among those whose economic condition is better.”
Margaret Sanger was the activist/philosopher whose push for birth control–people control–provided the basis for social movements such as “Eugenics,” the NAZI ideal of “racial purity,” and the abortion lobby, and who associated openly with the KKK. Although her history predates Roe vs. Wade and the cultural tsunami of abortion-on-demand, Margaret Sanger had a problem with the existence of those to whom she referred as “feeble-minded” and “unfit.” Margaret Sanger wanted to eliminate people with disabilities from the face of the earth. Sanger has long been dead but students of her school of thought are found populating the Democrat party and unfortunately her ideas about the “unfit” and the expendability of human life have inveigled themselves into corporate and governmental policies.
The IPAB, or Independent Payment Advisory Board portion of the Obamacare law, is not designed specifically to discriminated against the elderly and disabled. But in every model of socialized medicine that has ever existed the rationing of medical care has become an ingrained function of huge government/medical partnerships. In the UK, for example, medical care is regularly withheld from the elderly and people with disabilities. This policy, whether inferred or written in granite, is an outgrowth of Eugenics and its related philosophies which base the value of a human directly with the usefulness of that human to the greater society. People with disabilities often do require greater expenditures for educational, medical, and sometimes social services. They are the least efficient of all people and so, in the thinking of Margaret Sanger, the architects of socialized medicine, and population control social engineers, they are also the most expendable.
BLATANT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST INDIVIDUALS WITH COGNITIVE DISABILITIES:
Last week American Airlines stopped a California family from boarding an airplane with their 16-year-old son who has Down syndrome because, according to American Airlines, he posed a “security risk.” The parents of this young man apparently had upgraded to first-class and requested that the boy be seated next to one of them. The airline then refused to allow the family on the flight. According to a representative from American Airlines, the boy was agitated and running around prior to boarding. This young man it seems is an experienced flyer, having flown on commercial jetliners dozens of times without incident. The parents of this boy theorized that the pilot was alarmed by the boy’s size–he is moderately overweight which is not unusual in children with Down syndrome–or that one of the first-class passengers took umbrage at being seated next to an individual with Down syndrome.
Cases of medical discrimination against children and adults with various cognitive disabilities such as autism and Down syndrome have been documented for years in the UK. Their National Health System has been beset with a record of discrimination against such individuals. Heart transplants and other critical cardiac measures are among the services commonly withheld from individuals with Down syndrome in the UK. These decisions are not made based on outcome or cost, but appear to be purely discriminatory based on the relative valuation of individuals who require more support and more attention than the “normal” population.
A twenty-three year-old Pennsylvania man with autism was recently denied a heart transplant. The young man who has a chronic and dangerous heart condition must take medications to help him manage the emotional and behavioral symptoms of his autism, and the potential for complications from drug interactions was put forth as one excuse for the decision. This seems like a tenuous rationale for withholding a life-saving operation since most adults in the United States take at least one or two prescription medications on a regular basis. The physicians who made the decision to deny surgery to the young man with autism refused to comment because they thought that public discussion of his case would be “unkind.”
SELECTIVE ABORTIONS THAT TARGET POTENTIALLY DISABLED CHILDREN:
Abortion has become the intervention of choice to deal with children whose lives may be complicated by a congenital or acquired disability. I use the words “may” and “potentially” because prenatal tests designed to detect such disabilities have often read as false positives. The Medicaid systems in some states are willing to pay exorbitant amounts to cover the surgical abortions of late-term babies if they test positive for a condition such as Down syndrome. In fact, it is reported that nine out of ten children that are aborted following prenatal genetic testing test positive for Down syndrome. The gradual eradication of people with Down syndrome is taking place before our eyes. To this former Special Education teacher who has a special appreciation and affection for her “Downs kiddos,” this is a human tragedy of unimaginable scope.
Cases of discrimination against people with disabilities are legion, and they are nothing new. A case from 2009 in which Abercrombie and Fitch was fined for such an act when they refused to allow a parent to accompany their daughter who has autism into a fitting room illustrates that some people with disabilities require additional care and that societal norms are not always achievable when special needs are present. I’ve worked for over a decade in Special Education so I’m very cognizant of the rigors involved in providing for the needs of a child or adult who has learning problems, physical disabilities, or who otherwise requires tender loving care above and beyond that of a self-sufficient person.
The war against the disabled is real and ongoing. The “war on women” publicized by certain political factions is not real. The difference between a life-saving heart transplant denied to a man with autism and the inability of a thirty-something co-ed to pay for her own contraception is the difference between death and a ten-dollar bill. Margaret Sanger and her brain children, the philosophical founding fathers of Planned Parenthood and the “final solution” of the German NAZI party of World War II, are alive and well and can be found in the “death panels” of Obamacare as well as many other places if we only care to look.