A Disability Critique: Why Members of the Disability Community Oppose Prenatal Diagnosis and Selective Abortion
Marsha Saxton
Marsha Saxton Ph.D.

Disability rights activists have begun to articulate a critical view of the practice of prenatal diagnosis with the intent to abort if the fetus appears to be destined to become a disabled person. Some people with disabilities, particularly those who identify as members of the disability rights community, perceive that selective abortion may be based on the assumption that any child with a disability would necessarily be a burden to the family and to society, and therefore would be better off not being born. From Prenatal Testing and Disability Rights, ed. Erik Parens and Adrienne Asch, Georgetown University Press (2000)