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Published: December 18, 2012 10:27 pm to Human Rights News

UKIP candidate Geoffrey Clark calls for compulsory abortion of babies with Down syndrome

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Geoffrey Clark, who is running for for a seat on the Kent Council as a member of the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP), has called for the compulsory abortion of all babies with Down syndrome, spina bifida, and other birth defects or disabilities. He also advocated for free euthanasia for anyone over the age of 80. Clark posted a “manifesto” on his personal website, which included the following:

Consider compulsory abortion when the foetus is detected as having Downs, Spina Bifida, or similar syndrome which, if it is born, will render the child a burden on the state as well as on the family.

He has since apologized, saying he regretted his choice of language:

I would like to apologise to anyone who has taken offence – none of it was intended.

UKIP’s policy is to reduce public expenditure. I am a layman; I do not know what should be cut. I wrote my website very, very quickly, it was so naive and foolish.

… Some have been offended and I sincerely regret my choice of language. It was inappropriate language to express something that is genuinely sincere – we need to review all expenditure.

And while he’s apologized, the offensive material remains on his website. He just added a small disclaimer after his proposal that all babies with disabilities be forcibly aborted.

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How disgusting and abhorrent can a person be? It’s one thing entirely to allow for the murder of an innocent baby purely because he has a disability. To make such babies’ abortions mandatory is completely despicable. It’s what normal people call “eugenics,” something the Nazis were rather fond of. And Clark, even in his phony apology, doesn’t get that. He still brushes it off as nothing more than “reviewing expenditure.”

This is a man who sees the compulsory murder of innocent children as nothing more than a way to reduce Britain’s national debt. He can apologize all he wants to, but this is a man who should never, ever be in a position of authority.

Wisely, UKIP has since suspended him from the party.

About Cassy Fiano

Cassy Fiano is a blogger who lives with her husband, a United States Marine. They have a toddler named Ben, a second son named Wyatt, who has Down syndrome, and a little girl named Ivy.
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  • Basset_Hound

    Horrendous. People with spina bifida, Down’s Syndrome and other disabilities can live fully productive lives. As for the free euthanasia for octogenarians…I fear that with an aging demographic and so many countries involved in debt crises, that idea will gain traction. The elderly (particularly women) will feel pressured into ending their lives. Consider Jack Kervorkian’s clients…the VAST majority were women, few of whom were terminally ill.

    • https://www.facebook.com/ProLifePagans Pro Life Pagans

      The aging demographic will only get worse, because of more abortions. Thus there will be more pressure to end life at the other end. Already China’s policies of forced abortion are starting to backfire, just as Russia’s huge abortion rate is eroding its population and economy. To think people were once worried about Russia and China taking over the world.

  • Julia

    Nazi Germany, here we come. Only perfect people allowed; anyone not useful, killed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hannah.mallery Hannah Mallery

    I have friends who have Down’s and they are some of the most genuinely radiant individuals I know. For him to say they should have been killed makes me want to punch him in the teeth.
    And his apology means nothing. He’s obviously only sorry for the reaction he got, not his original statement.

  • Amy L

    Wow, does this stir up some righteous anger in me! Our precious, priceless daughter has Down Syndrome. I’d like to fly with her to him, stage a sit in at his office, have him spend some time with her and then dare him to look me in the eye and tell me that she should have been killed right after her birth and subsequent diagnosis. AWFUL!!!

    • jim corcoran

      You should be angry. This is insane that people get away with saying things like this about precious children like your very much loved daughter. Friends of ours have a little girl with down syndrome and shes awesome.

  • Amy

    According to this guy, I probably should have been aborted. Doctors did preliminary genetic testing on me without my parents’ permission before I was born, and they determined I was almost certain to have Down Syndrome. They told my mom she should pursue other tests to confirm I really was a Downs Baby or not so she could know if I should be aborted. (She told them to take a hike and that she’d have me, whether I had the syndrome or not.)

    This guy took cost-benefit analysis WAY too far. Way to devalue life, sir. I hope you have to spend time with disabled kids so you’ll realize they have more worth than a dollar sign.

  • Annmarie Pipa

    Margret Sanger wrote the same thing in her book, Women and the New Race. She is the founder of planned parenthood.

  • https://www.facebook.com/ProLifePagans Pro Life Pagans
  • MaryB435

    All children are created in the image and likeness of God. As far as the notion of someone being “useless”, Clark should remember that people are not to be USED. We use things; we love people, not the opposite.
    God gives life, and he limits its length. God gives talents, and he limits the amount. But God does NOT limit His love for any of us based on the qualities he has given. We have no right to deny life to these precious children.

    There is a tremendous difference between the concepts of “useless” and “worthless”. NO ONE is worthless. Every child is loved by God.

  • thinktwicetv

    That’s where they would like to lead us, it will all come back to money and the unified state as the highest power. Sickening.

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