Steven Ertelt - February 8, 2010
Moscow, Russia (LifeNews.com) — A Russian journalist has sparked furor by suggesting that newborn children who are mentally disabled should be killed. Aleksandr Nikonov wrote an article titled “Finish Them Off, So They Don’t Suffer,” which called “post-natal abortion” an act of mercy.
Nikonov argues that the birth of a disabled child for many families would be an unbearable tragedy, “a hell”, and that “the killing of the newborn is in fact the same as an abortion.”
He says depriving infants, who will never be able to take care of themselves, of life is “true humanism” and calls to give parents of such children a right to euthanize their newborns in the same way the elderly are killed in euthanasia.
Nikonov, who writes for the popular tabloid Speed-Info,also used the word “debil” — a deeply offensive term in Russian — to characterize children with developmental disabilities.