‘Richard Dawkins has addressed the “feeding frenzy” that arose after he said that it was “immoral” to give birth to a baby with Down syndrome if the mother was aware of the child’s condition.
Responding to a “real ethical dilemma” of one his Twitter users, who said she wouldn’t know what to do if she “were pregnant with a kid with Down syndrome”, Dawkins offered his controversial view.
“Abort it and try again,” he tweeted. “It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.”
Unsurprisingly, his comments provoked “hate tweets” and the scientist has since published an apology of sorts, in which he is very sorry if he offended anyone with his “logical” opinion.
It wasn’t his view that was wrong, he says, more the public’s “wanton eagerness to misunderstand”….
The long and short of it is, those who disagree or have been offended have simply been confused by his “tactlessly vulnerable to misunderstanding” comments.’