I also put this on FB but I doubt anyone will respond and this is bothering me on several platforms.
If you have a female dog you love and you had her mated then found out from the vet that the unborn puppies were, without a doubt after tests, going to be born not just crippled, but unable to walk or bark, unable to adequately breathe or suckle and would spend their lives in discomfort and pain, would not live long, and would require constant medical care even during that short lifespan (but you could afford to pay ongoing medical bills), would you permit them to be born anyway? Would this be considered animal abuse to let them be born to writhe in agonizing torture, or end the pregnancy?
Maybe I should be more obvious:
When do we set our critters above the same level of welfare and love than we do humans?
When is it ever appropriate to give birth to an infant we know very well is going to spend their life (as above) in great pain, physical distress and torture, and how can this be ever considered anything except deliberate child abuse? If you are religious, since when is it appropriate to set another’s soul behind your own? Since when do we decide an innocent infant is an appropriate sacrifice for ourselves? When did the suffering of an innocent become a miracle and to WHOM is that suffering a miracle (surely NOT to the child)
When I read about children with Trisomy 18 (and other such) I was filled with such rage to even think parents who KNOW their unborn fetus is going to be in agony their entire life STILL feel that somehow that agony will enrich them in the eyes of any God. The only thing I could think of was: these parents are the same as those who deny medical treatment and who glory in the agony of others and should be pressed with criminal charges of child abuse, neglect, intentional harm and every other fitting charge. Rick Santorum and his wife set themselves above others and their desires before even their last child’s welfare.