Before modern methods of ventilation and gas detection became common, coal miners would take a canary into the mine to warn them about the presence of dangerous gases like methane and carbon monoxide. As long as the bird could sing, the air was safe for the miners. If it died – everyone got out as quickly as they could.
People with disabilities, especially children, have played and are playing a similar role for the culture. When people with disabilities are openly abused and killed, it shows a deep danger for all of society.
Just three examples:
- The eugenics movement in the United States started against the ‘feeble-minded’ but quickly grew to include the poor and those who were the wrong skin color.
- Hitler didn’t begin by murdering Jews; he authorized the ‘mercy killing’ of a child with multiple disabilities as his opening effort.
- Pregnancy ‘reduction’ has existed for some time for women who were pregnant with more than three babies. Until just a few years ago, however, doctors would generally not reduce pregnancies down to a single child – except when one of the children was identified as having a disability.
The recent New York Times Magazine article, The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy, is shocking – women who have gone through extraordinary financial expense and physical difficulty to conceive a child are intentionally destroying a healthy twin so that they only have to deal with a single baby.
But it is no surprise. Our babies with disabilities have been warning us for some time that this was coming. And like the canary, by not getting away from these poisonous, murderous cultural fumes, more children are dying.