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Vatican newspaper denounces ‘handi-phobia’

Catholic World News - June 10, 2010

The June 10 edition of L’Osservatore Romano has published an article by neonatologist and bioethicist Carlo Bellieni denouncing “handi-phobia”: a fear of handicapped persons that has led to the widespread abortion of children with Down syndrome and the euthanasia of the disabled. Flirting with eugenics, a society that has begun to reject racial discrimination, writes Bellieni, nonetheless practices widespread genetic discrimination, spending billions for prenatal diagnoses that lead to abortion rather than making similar investments seeking cures.

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