This book tells the personal stories of women who have resisted medical eugenics - women who were told they shouldn't have babies because of perceived disability in themselves, or shouldn't have babies because of some imperfection in the child. They have confronted the stigma of disability and in the face of silent disapproval and even open hostility, had their babies anyway, in the belief that all life is valuable and that some are not more worthy of it than others. This is a book about women who have dared challenge the utilitarian medical model/mindset.
What a wonderful collection of testimonies to the dignity of human life!
Contrast this with the companion post at Mirror of Justice entitled Who’s a Person? It Depends on what they Want… Rob Vischer notes the argument by Glen Whitman that determination of moral personhood depends on what political rights and requirements such determination would entail. In other words, what is the societal cost to awarding the status of personhood? If this cost is too high we should deny the status of personhood. Rob Vischer rightly objects to this utilitarian approach because it violates the very principle of moral personhood. Mr. Whitman’s philosophy embodies the moral relativism Pope Benedict XVI warned us about in his first address as pope.
Human dignity exists from the moment of conception because each of us was individually made by God in His image. That is the only requirement for moral personhood. Any other criteria are artificial and arbitrary. Who among us has the wisdom to assess the value of another’s life? That judgment belongs to God alone.