Richard Dawkins Lambasted For Saying Down Syndrome Babies Should Be Aborted … Again

Beat Big Tech: Join Our New Telegram Channel!
Click To Go To Pro-Trump News

ARTICLE INITIALLY FROM THE DAILY CALLER NEWS FOUNDATION 

  • Biologist and emeritus University of Oxford professor Richard Dawkins is again drawing fire for saying that Down syndrome babies should be aborted.
  • Dawkins sparked a backlash in 2014 when he advised someone on Twitter to “abort it and try again,” if that person had a child with Down syndrome, adding, “It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.”
  • “It seems to me to be plausible that if a child has any kind of disability, then you probably would increase the amount of happiness in the world more by having another child instead,” Dawkins said in early May. 

Biologist and emeritus University of Oxford professor Richard Dawkins is again drawing fire for saying that Down syndrome babies should be aborted.

Dawkins sparked backlash in 2014 when he advised someone on Twitter to “abort it and try again,” if that person had a child with Down syndrome, adding, “It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.”

The biologist re-emphasized this argument again in early May when he spoke with radio host Brendan O’Connor, who is also the father of a child with Down syndrome. Dawkins stressed that he does not doubt that the parents of a child with Down syndrome love their child, but said that having a child without disability would make the world a happier place.

“That was probably putting it a bit too strongly,” Dawkins said of his 2014 tweet. “But given that the amount of suffering in the world probably does not go down, probably does go up, compared to having another child who doesn’t have Down syndrome, then that’s what I meant.”

“But I want to stress over and over again that I was of course not suggesting that people who already have a Down syndrome child, don’t love it, shouldn’t love it,” Dawkins said.

O’Connor pressed Dawkins, asking him how he knows that having a child with Down syndrome increases suffering in the world.

“I don’t know it for certain,” the biologist replied. “It seems to me to be plausible that if a child has any kind of disability, then you probably would increase the amount of happiness in the world more by having another child instead.”

“You think, but you have no reason for knowing that,” O’Connor asked, to which Dawkins responded, “I have no direct evidence, no.”

Dawkins also admitted during the interview that he does not know anyone with Down syndrome.

“I have rarely seen a more vivid illustration of the lethal consequences of utilitarian thinking,” wrote author and senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism Wesley J. Smith of Dawkins’ comments.

“When eliminating suffering because society’s first priority — instead of protecting innocent human life — it very easily metastasizes into eliminating the sufferer,” Smith wrote. “And the suffering need not even be that of the person eliminated, but of family or society. Utilitarianism always leads to justifying killing.”

The mother of a child with Down syndrome also criticized Dawkins’ comments in a viral tweet, saying, “Just wanted to put it out there that if you agree with Professor Richard Dawkins that I am an ‘immoral’ woman for not killing Betsy because she has Down’s Syndrome, you need to unfollow me now. Or even better, just block me, because I seriously don’t want your hate in my life.”

Journalist Neil Mackay called on the biologist to “lead by example.”

“For years now as an atheist I’ve been deeply uncomfortable with Richard Dawkins’ voice dominating the debate over what atheism means,” Mackay tweeted. “Now I’m sick to death of him. He makes atheism cruel and intolerant. Being a humanist means loving humanity. Be kind. Be better. Lead by example.”

“I’ve yet to meet an individual with Downs Syndrome who wasn’t a greater contributor of happiness to the world than Richard Dawkins,” tweeted feminist and editor Mary Harrington.

Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact [email protected]

The Palmieri Report is a Pro-America News Outlet founded by Jacob Palmieri four years ago at the age of 19. Since its founding, it has gotten over 2M pages views and over 20k followers. The Palmieri Report is dedicated to giving people the truth so that they can form their own informed political opinions.

Click To Go To ProTrumpNews.com

CLICK TO SUPPORT US AND BUY OUR SHIRTS

Share Your Thoughts

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.