Eugenics

Northern Irish court expands abortion rights, rejects disability discrimination argument

Monday, December 14, 2015Northern Ireland, home of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws, must allow women to terminate their pregnancies when they are carrying a fetus with fatal disabilities, the Belfast High Court ruled November 30. In Northern Ireland, abortion is illegal, punishable…

Disability rights group submits comments on Medicare, advanced planning proposal

Wednesday, September 23, 2015Not Dead Yet is working to ensure its voice is heard in the development of the Obama Administration’s new proposal to reimburse doctors for end-of-life counseling. Current federal Medicare law prohibits doctors from being reimbursed from such services. In July,…

North Dakota abortion, disability law may go to the Supreme Court

Thursday, August 27, 2015The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit struck down North Dakota’s strictest-in-the-nation abortion law July 22, opening the door for potential review by the Supreme Court. Nationwide, almost all of the attention has focused on the bill’s ban…

Ohio looks to ban abortion of fetuses with Down Syndrome

Wednesday, August 26, 2015A bill targeting disability discrimination in abortion decisions looks set to become Ohio law when the state legislature reconvenes in September, the New York Times reported August 22. The Right to Life’s Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act would prohibit a “person…

Northern Ireland high court debates abortion and disability

Thursday, July 9, 2015The Belfast High Court heard arguments earlier this month as to whether Europe’s strictest abortion ban should have a disability exception. Abortion is a crime, punishable by life imprisonment in Ireland, with exceptions only if “there is a permanent or…

Princeton professor advocates euthanasia of infants with severe disabilities

Monday, May 11, 2015Bioethicist Peter Singer’s latest controversial comments have triggered an avalanche of backlash from disability advocates. In a radio interview, aired April 16 on Aaron Klein Investigative Radio, Singer argued that it would be “reasonable” in some circumstances for the government…

Daily Beast spotlights “wrongful abortion” case

Thursday, February 5, 2015Anti-abortion commentators are expressing outrage over a recent lawsuit that highlights the unique role of disability in the abortion debate. Colleen Abbott and John Abbott were expecting their second child in November 2009. After initially begin told that the fetus…

North Carolina begins compensating victims of eugenics program

Tuesday, November 25, 2014North Carolina has become the first state to provide compensation to victims of its since-discontinued eugenics program. North Carolina once operated the nation’s most extensive eugenics program, involuntarily sterilizing an estimated 7,600 people between 1929 and 1974, when it…

Judge: Sterilization required court approval

Friday, May 9, 2014The Iowa Supreme Court ruled April 18 that a mother who is her son’s guardian violated state law by arranging for her son to have a vasectomy, absent prior court approval. “A statutory scheme that empowered a court-appointed actor (i.e.,…

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