In Holland, a health official has called for a debate on forced abortion and contraception to deal with the problem of "unwanted children." Her logic mixes pro-choice and euthanasia logic, taking what some think is the next logical step in liberal thought.
According to the report, Van den Anker said children from these groups run an "unacceptable risk" of growing up without love and with "violence, neglect, mistreatment and sexual abuse."
Van den Anker pointed to the growing number of Antillean youth gangs in Rotterdam whose members come from loveless homes.
If we can justify abortion to prevent children from having a poor quality of life, and we recognize that most ghetto kids will live a life filled with drugs and violence and poverty, why not spare them by forcing unwed teens to have abortions? Now of course, pro-choicers will say that that decision must be left up to the mother. But it is obvious that most of these mothers won’t be able to care for their children, who will end up being a burden on society. Besides, this is really just contraception, it’s just a blob of cells. For the good of all, let’s have these mothers undergo the "simple procedure" of abortion until they can prove that they are responsible enough to have children.
Now, I suspect that most pro-choicers would not take their logic that far, because they hold the individual as their primary concern (well, not the unborn one), and would not want government to tell them yea or nay. But Holland, the bastion of liberal politics, is headed just that way. Man, I hate it when slippery slope arguments turn out to be right. Thankfully, this official is getting a lot of resistance, so maybe reason will win out and we can move the line the OTHER way.