The pornography of abortion 6

[In honor of Down Syndrome Day, I’m rerunning this blogpost from 2014.]

By Tom Quiner

10003472_771450866198322_964878160_nAmerica’s best-known pornographer calls for the destruction of Downs Syndrome babies.

In an interview a few years ago, Larry Flynt said:

“Sarah Palin is the dumbest thing. She did a disservice to every woman in America. She knew from the first month of pregnancy that kid was going to be Down’s Syndrome. It’s brain dead. A virtual vegetable. She carries it to all these different political events against abortion, she did it just because she didn’t want to say she’d had an abortion. How long is it going to live? Another 12, 15 years? Doesn’t even know it’s in this world. So what kind of compassionate conservative is she? I don’t think anybody will want her near the White House.”

Notice Mr. Flynt’s characterization of Ms. Palin’s child as an “it.” Just as he sees people as

Larry Flynt, pornographer

Larry Flynt, pornographer

objects in his line of work, so he sees Down’s children as “its.”

He suggests that Down Syndrome babies, pre-born or otherwise, are undeserving of life because of their flawed condition, as he views it.

In other words, they are not fully human, thus his characterization of them as an it.

Downs children tend to have lower IQs and shorter life expectancies than the general population.

Nonetheless, they know how to laugh, to cry, to love. I know, because my nephew has Downs Syndrome. His “love gene” is more developed than anyone I know. He loves people, whether family, friends, or strangers. He loves God and prays more robustly than I.

Using Mr. Flynt’s standard, one might ask Larry Flynt if HE is deserving of life in light of his own impaired condition. He is barely able to hold up his neck or communicate due to paralysis.

People of most political persuasions would affirm Mr. Flynt’s right to life, despite his impairment. However, those on the political left would likely agree in characterizing a preborn Down’s baby as an “it.”

Here is the question: is the definition of what is a person flexible, subject to the whims of the age?

Pornographers view humanity threw a skewed prism. All are objects, whether it is their clientele who consume their product, or their casts who perform before the camera, only to be discarded when Father Time renders their bodies as undesirable.

But what about the political left? Are they any better? After all they, view the object in the womb as an object from the moment of conception until birth, an object  to be discarded at the whim of the mother for any reason at all.

At least you can understand the pornographer’s motive: it’s all about the money.

There’s no doubt that abortion is big business, too. But that’s not the driving motive for the rank and file leftist. They are unable or unwilling to see the humanity of the baby in the womb.

That is the ultimate obscenity of abortion.

And yet the challenge mankind has had to face throughout history is to do just that: to see the humanity in his neighbor. When we let our prejudice and the dark side of our nature prevail, we end up with Holocausts and Slavery.

And Abortion.

The stakes are high. An entire group of human beings are on the verge of extinction. I’m talking Down Syndrome babies. Nine out of ten parents with a prenatal Downs diagnosis choose to abort their child.

Today is World Downs Syndrome Day. We honor our brothers and sisters, our sons and daughters, our nephews and nieces who are unique since their bodies possess an extra chromosome.

I am sympathetic to the challenges of raising a Downs child, having watched my nephew grow up. It’s not always easy. Most people would not make the choice. But those that do seem united in their decision: it was worth it.

God bless them.

These so-called “impaired” human beings, these Downs children, seem to have an amazing capacity to make the word a better place.

Can Mr. Flynt say the same?


  1. Evidently hypocrisy is a faster growing sport than MMA. All human life is sacred, regardless of whether they are flawed or perfect, since no one is truly perfect. Larry Flynt is a physically disabled man who concludes that people with a slightly different disability don’t deserve to live. This is hypocrisy.

    I’m glad you wrote this article, it really shows how little the human race has advanced since the barbarian days of Sparta, when imperfect babies were killed at birth and only perfect babies were allowed to live to adulthood.

    I don’t want to talk about myself here, but this truly is evidence for the evil in mankind that brings about events like slavery, the Holocaust, a for-profit medical system, a capitalist economy, etc… The world is not right and we only have our morally decrepit selves to blame.

    • I appreciate your thoughtful comment, even though I don’t agree with your characterization of for-profit medical system or capitalism as evil. Evidence is quite contrary. I certainly do agree with your thesis that all human life is sacred. Thanks for writing.

      • well everyone is entitled to their views on a fair, humane economy, but hypocrisy is hypocrisy and some people really are lacking in moral sense.

  2. I think the author’s usage of Larry Flynt does not do the argument against abortion justice. It’s a straw man argument, designed to burn and fail. Anyone with a conscious, whether they are pro-life or pro-choice would disagree with what Flynt said, its disgusting. If an individual is going to share about abortion and the birth of Downs children, I’d be more inclined to listen and respect the argument if they chose an equal opponent. Not to mention the inflammatory and misleading title. All the while, it’s still an interesting perspective.

    • Flynt represents the philosophy of the Democratic Party which objectifies the pre-born. That is the only reason that 95% of Downs babies are aborted: they have been turned from a she or him into an it, which is certainly no straw man argument. Thanks for writing.

  3. Both kids are absolutely beautiful! My pregnancy was high risk for many reasons. There are spinal defects of various sorts in my family line…myself included. When the ability to fix the more severe ones in utero came about we had our girl tested for that (and other things) not Downs. My doc wondered why not Downs. I said “Because there is nothing to be done until the baby is born.” He said I might not want to carry to term and risk my life for a disabled child that cant be helped. I was put off. I chose to get pregnant knowing all the risks to my kidney etc. There is no child more worth the risks than another.The testing I did were about giving a potentially disabled child the best shot at life possible.

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