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Group says people with disabilities have a right to sex… but not to life

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Words can mean different things in different places. For example, when Brits say “shag,” they usually aren’t talking about carpets. Of course, you might hear that word used at the University of Georgia, too. There, it refers to people who struggle with logic.

Sexual Health Advocacy Group (SHAG) has a chapter at the University of Georgia. SHAG calls itself “a student-led organization that strives to open up the conversation about sexual health, sex positivity, and sexual communication.” According to SHAG’s constitution, the group is “inclusive” and doesn’t discriminate against those with disabilities. It’s fine with killing them, though.

SHAG advocates for abortion, and its website links to others who do the same. Among them is Valerie Tarico, someone who identifies as “pro-abortion, not just pro-choice.” On her blog, the writer recalled having an abortion after being diagnosed with toxoplasmosis. Tarico feared her baby might be blind or suffer from cognitive impairment, explaining:

We both wanted a baby. But it also felt irresponsible to gamble. Not only would we would be taking a chance on the quality of life of our first child, but potentially committing any future children to a life of caretaking that they had no option to choose or reject. We would be risking our own ability to give to the community around us – and possibly creating a situation in which our family needed to suck more out of society than we could put back into it.

Got that? If you’re blind or have another disability, then you “suck” resources and society would be better off without you. Also, your your mom was probably an “irresponsible” gambler for not killing you when she had the chance. And it gets better: not only would it have been “moral” to kill you, but torture would have been fine too.

Developmental issues frequently aren’t detected until twenty weeks into a pregnancy, and research by Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand at the University of Tennessee indicates a fetus experiences pain by that point. Dr. Anthony Levatino has performed over twelve hundred abortions; in the video below, he describes what one at twenty weeks looks like.

After the amniotic fluid is removed, the abortionist uses a sopher clamp — a grasping instrument with rows of sharp “teeth” — to grasp and pull the baby’s arms and legs, tearing the limbs from the child’s body. The abortionist continues to grasp intestines, spine, heart, lungs, and any other limbs or body parts. The most difficult part of the procedure is usually finding, grasping and crushing the baby’s head. After removing pieces of the child’s skull, the abortionist uses a curette to scrape the uterus and remove the placenta and any remaining parts of the baby.

Brazilian Ana Carolina Caceres was born with microcephaly; she’s also an author, journalist, and musician. Her condition has been linked to the Zika virus, and when an outbreak hit South America last year, some called for Brazil to relax its abortion laws. Caceres was opposed, contending that “those who have abortions are not giving their children a chance to succeed.” Unfortunately, SHAG doesn’t seem bothered by that.

You can help give children a chance by supporting laws to protect them in the womb. You can also educate groups like SHAG on why claiming not to discriminate against the disabled doesn’t exactly fit with dehumanizing and killing them. Because the fact is, “empowering individuals to be in control of their sexuality” is kinda tough to do when they’re in pieces.

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