Last night, Evita Duffy posed a crucial question to viewers of Tucker Carlson Tonight:
“We need to decide as a culture, are we going to be [people who] discriminate against others based on their immutable qualities? Or are we going to be a culture of life and of authentic tolerance?”
Evita’s question comes in response to Sarah Zhang’s article in The Atlantic, in which Zhang discusses the rising trend in Denmark to abort Down Syndrome (DS) pregnancies. Due to this trend, over 95 percent of babies with DS are aborted in Denmark.
Throughout Zhang’s article, she encourages no-judgement. According to Zhang, the decision of whether or not to abort a DS pregnancy is difficult—and there’s purportedly no clear moral answer.
As the Managing Editor of the Thinker, an intern at The Federalist, and the older sister of a young sibling with DS, Duffy vocally condemns this normalization of eugenics. She and her family adore the youngest member of their family: “[Valentina is] so sweet. She’s adorable. She loves music…She’s the favorite of our family.”
In a recent article for The Federalist, Duffy wrote that “killing a disabled child is…wrong. There is no ‘humanity’ in killing a child. There is no ‘humanity’ in targeting the weak. There is no ‘humanity’ in eugenics.” However, as Duffy highlighted on Tucker, the left continues to embrace selective outrage on this issue. While the left became infuriated by the mere smirk of a Covington Catholic student (who has since been redeemed by legal settlements), Duffy’s rhetoric exposes that the rise of eugenics somehow obtains tacit approval from the left.
Why is this the case? According to Duffy, many individuals just don’t want to say anything negative about abortion. And there is also an economic incentive to abort DS pregnancies—especially for a nation like Denmark, which possesses universal healthcare. However, Duffy argues that this is not a morally justifiable excuse:
“More people with disabilities, it causes strains on the state. And that’s the original [goal of] eugenics in Nazi Germany. [The genocide of people with disabilities] didn’t end with World War II. It’s alive and well today.”
Audrey Unverferth is the Chicago Thinker's co-founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2022 with a B.A. in Russian & East European Studies (With Honors) and Law, Letters, and Society. In her free time, Audrey loves to collect books, swim in the ocean, and camp with her family. Follow her on Twitter @audrey__unver or email firstname.lastname@example.org.