Aborting Children with Gender Dysphoria?

Abortion, LGBT, Recourse, Science

Apparently recently, scientists uncovered 20 genes linked gender dysphoria, supporting claims that the condition has a physical basis. If that research is to be believed (it’s a work-in-progress), then I’m inclined to wish that research of this kind be de-funded. Counter-intuitive you may think, coming from me, a transsexual woman. Alas, I am also pro-life.

I’m sure the research is well-intentioned to uncover more proof that trans people are ‘normal’ and worthy of being equal to other people. But as always, the path to Hell is paved with good intentions. No doubt that the introduction of prenatal screening for Down Syndrome was well-intentioned, but of course pregnancies these days with Down Syndrome diagnosis are often terminated thanks to screening.

Indeed, the abortion rate post Down Syndrome diagnosis in Australia is up to 90%, and the high percentage is due, in part, to pressure put on the expectant mothers affected to terminate. As one proud mother of a Down Syndrome child puts it, “Being told to terminate your baby by a doctor makes you doubt whether you’re making the right decision.”

There is no such thing as the perfect child, nor should there be any shame in having a child who has Down Syndrome, Gender Dysphoria, or any other medical condition. But the extant abortion rates tell another story. Reflecting on my lived experience, it would not surprise me if there will be hard scientific evidence produced in future on gender dysphoria having a biological basis.

If and when that happens, it would not be a stretch to predict that it won’t be long before prenatal Gender Dysphoria screening is introduced, producing potentially the same consequence Down Syndrome screening has produced: a eugenics tragedy.

My views on abortion changed over time as I came to realise that not only is the Down Syndrome excuse for abortion unacceptable, but also that one day, Gender Dysphoria could be the new Down Syndrome. It may sound far-fetched, but let’s see if this prediction for the abortion space turns out to be accurate. Hopefully not, as this type of scientific research should concern both trans people and those who are pro-life. All human life matters, but that’s probably taking a low priority amongst the scientists aforementioned.

  • Alex

    You’re drawing a false parallel between two very different things. For one thing, there are ways to treat and mitigate gender dysphoria. It doesn’t have to be a lifelong disabling condition.Your argument is kind of like saying “if there are prenatal tests for astigmatism, fetuses with astigmatism will be aborted”… Slippery slope and no real reason to think so.

  • high treason

    Looks like a premature April fools joke. With all the plugging the LGBTQIA bullshit alphabet down kids’ throats , why not just abort the entire human race. Alas, this is what the ultra-green Nazis want.

  • Terrible Teddy

    ‘all human life matters’, no . .it doesn’t . .Ivan Milat’s life does not matter, and the world would have been a far better place had that mutt been aborted, so the argument from that premise is obbly

  • Malcolm Smith

    We constantly hear the argument that homosexuality is genetic. Given the additional argument that a woman’s right to abort is absolute, I can’t see how there can be an legal objection to aborting homosexual fetuses either. (Accepting the above two principles, of course.)
    Seriously, I would be amazed if there were not some genetic basis for gender dysphoria. Every personality trait, good, bad, or indifferent, has some genetic component. The only question is how much?
    Having read the Times article you linked to, I can only agree with the comment by “JN” on the same page:
    “Genes are only part of the story, perhaps only a small part. Historical data going back to ancient Greece have shown male homosexuality as a percent of the population varying widely over time and cultures. Genes (and epigenetics) don’t change rapidly, but social fashion does. Most population traits are not exclusively nature-nurture, but a combo — for one person homosexuality, bisexualism, or transvitism may be nearly 100%, for another perhaps only a portion of the 30 variant genes help them to “lean” that way, and for some, it may be almost entirely fad. Example: at a leading university where I taught, there was a group of women who were pejoratively called LUGS = Lesbian Until Graduation. They didn’t have sex with men until getting married after graduation. The “real” Lesbians strongly disliked the LUGS. During the ten year fad, there were many, as a percentage of women enrolled, compared to the ten years before and even the decade after. 30 variant genes doesn’t explain all.”