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Old 03-22-2006, 01:24 PM   #1
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4th Trimester Abortions?

N.Korean defector says disabled newborns are killed

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SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has no people with physical disabilities because they are killed almost as soon as they are born, a physician who defected from the communist state said on Wednesday.

Ri Kwang-chol, who fled to the South last year, told a forum of rights activists that the practice of killing newborns was widespread but denied he himself took part in it.

"There are no people with physical defects in North Korea," Ri told members of the New Right Union, which groups local activists and North Korean refugees.

He said babies born with physical disabilities were killed in infancy in hospitals or in homes and were quickly buried.
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Oh my God, that is horrifying
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As horrifying as that is, the fate of baby girls in China is often worse due to the one-child-per-family policy.

The ones who aren't killed at birth are abandoned to orphanages where if they are lucky enough to survive to toddlerhood, they are often left to starve to death in "dying rooms".

When I went for my ultrasound with my first pregnancy, the technician told us she was 90% sure the baby was a girl. When we jokingly prodded her to be more sure, she told us she is not allowed to give conclusive results prior to the end date for late abortions. She said decisions to terminate are sometimes made based on gender alone. Here. In Canada.
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As horrifying as that is, the fate of baby girls in China is often worse due to the one-child-per-family policy.

The ones who aren't killed at birth are abandoned to orphanages where if they are lucky enough to survive to toddlerhood, they are often left to starve to death in "dying rooms".

When I went for my ultrasound with my first pregnancy, the technician told us she was 90% sure the baby was a girl. When we jokingly prodded her to be more sure, she told us she is not allowed to give conclusive results prior to the end date for late abortions. She said decisions to terminate are sometimes made based on gender alone. Here. In Canada.
I wonder if that is just in bigger cities with bigger immigrant populations.

India is the same - they actually have a shortage of marrying age women now.
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it's inhumane, but hardly surprising. i imagine there's a lot of cultures that do the same thing.
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That's terrible. Poor babies.
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That's bad, but I don't think letting them live out such a miserable life would be any better

This is not an attack on the disabled, it is an attack on Stalinist Regimes.
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That's bad, but I don't think letting them live out such a miserable life would be any better
I wonder what disabled people would say to that? The problem is, there's too many physically disabled people that get overlooked or unfairly treated because people assume they have mental problems. I've known a few people with cerebral palsy who either can't walk, or walk funny and talk funny. In NK, they would've been killed at birth because they are deformed or don't have certain physical functions the rest of us have. However, they are just as smart as anyone else and are capable of functioning on their own.

Who gets to be the judge of whether or not the baby's life will be miserable? How can you possibly know that at birth?

How about my friend here in this photo? She's severely handicapped and deformed, but she knows what she has to do to get by. She even came to Africa with us and despite her severe disabilities, she was able to do everything everyone else did. Good think she was born in South Korea, or I'd be minus one friend.

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