The latest handwringing over all of those yucky disabled babies that might not get aborted if a post-20-week abortion ban goes into effect has my thoughts turning again to the need for a word to describe the mindset of the people who champion such abortions. Their "celebrate diversity" signs vanish when the diversity means somebody whose mind or body or senses work differently than those of the majority of people. Something must be suddenly kicking in to shut down the tolerance have them reaching for the medical equivalent of torches and pitchforks.
go to the Phobia List and see what we
Here we have a possibility: Atelophobia- Fear of imperfection. Granted,
these folks act out their own bigotry in terms of trying to eliminate others
that they view as "imperfect", but might not there be an underlying fear of
their own imperfection that they're projecting onto kids who are
Maybe this is closely
related to Cenophobia or Centophobia- Fear of new things or ideas. (or
Metathesiophobia- Fear of changes.) How
horrible it might be for these people to entertain the idea that just because
other people are different doesn't mean they're wretched or deserve to die?
dealing with Optophobia- Fear of opening
one's eyes. Not literally, of course, but fear of opening one's eyes to the
humanity of those who are different.
There's definitely an aspect of
Panthophobia- Fear of suffering and
disease. The eugenicists perceive the child as suffering, and as being afflicted
with some disease, and thus fear the child.
Maybe we have a lot of
different people with different fears all converging against their common enemy:
children whose existence makes them uncomfortable, for whatever
We need to stop acting as if what they propose -- identifying
"defective" children through prenatal testing so that they can be weeded out in
the womb -- is in any way a decent, humane thing to do. It's acting on one's own
fear, making somebody else die because of your own personal issues.
It's bigotry and intolerance maxed out and on steroids and needs to be treated like the social pathology it is.