Wednesday, May 29, 2013

We Need to Coin a Term

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.

Let's go to the Phobia List and see what we find:

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 different?

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?

Maybe we're 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 reason.

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.


Susan Meyers said...

A couple of medical non-names come to mind: dysfunctional cardiac syndrome,egocentricness, bipolar ethic disorder. Certainly tunnel vision-hearing disease.

Tommy R said...

People who defend infanticide are called pathetic.

If they defend it in some sort of a philosophical / political way it is called patheticism.

If they defend it for irrational reasons it is likely due to the individual acting out the anxiety of pathophobia by proxy (fear of personal suffering in others). This drama is similar to M√ľnchausen syndrome by proxy. Perpetrators seek to deny their own abortion induced emotional experience and garner attention for themselves by validating others in killing their children in a more exaggerated way. It is a kind of cry for help and simultaneous denial.