I apologize ahead of time for the title of this thread. I wanted both Catholic and nonCatholic views but I am very bad at naming threads. My goal is not to start an argument but to begin a discussion on an issue that is bothering me.
I went to a friend’s house, let’s call her Sue, where I met an agnostic exCatholic. There was much said there that made me downhearted, especially the agnostic woman’s hatred of Catholicism but what disturbed me most was a discussion they had about handicapped children.
According to the agnostic, Neil Young–the singer and songwriter- has several handicapped children with the same mother. The agnostic said that before their conception, Neil and his wife were forewarned that any child of theirs might be either mentally or physically handicapped(she used the word deformed). She was angered that these children had even been created. What surprised me was that my friend, who is Independent Baptist and religious, agreed! She thought that Neil Young should have simply adopted children and not conceived these kids and she was outraged that he had biological children.
I was flabbergasted by their opinion. How does a handicapped child have less right to be born or conceived then a non handicapped child? Who decides whose existence is more worthwhile and by what right?Isn’t doing so akin to playing God? Does the fact that Catholics are against birth control make Catholics have a different view on life then those who permit birth control? Those of you who are Protestants, how do you feel about this?
Considering that Neil YOung is probably wealthy, these women’s outrage couldn’t have been caused by the thought that their taxes would go to support these kids, so I can only conclude that my friend and her guest were upset that these kids were created in the first place.
I am of Protestant background but I can not imagine ever holding the view that I could judge another person’s decision to have children who would be loved and well cared for. I am feeling somewhat down about many things that were said by my friend and this agnostic woman but the fact that they agreed on this really disturbs me.