Abort all the bankers!

I just heard a great quote from Francesca Martinez on the BBC News Quiz. Francesca Martinez is a stand up comic with a disability (she is often a sit-down comic in fact as you can see here), she is very witty, and often pokes fun at the preconceptions of her audience, she often notes that she has cerebral palsy, but prefers to call herself “wobbly”.

On the News Quiz she recounted doing her show at a doctors conference, after which, during a question and answer session with the audience, someone told her that they were a doctor involved in antenatal counseling and that they felt part of their duty, when counseling about aborting a disabled fetus, was to “reduce the suffering in the world”.

I loved her response to this, first of all she said that the room was very quiet (I imagine that many people present were super embarrassed by the question, and also fascinated to hear how a disabled comedian would answer) her retort was that if they really wanted to reduce the suffering in the world, they should abort all the  bankers, arms dealers, politicians and Rupert Murdoch!

About Keith Barrington

I am a neonatologist and clinical researcher at Sainte Justine University Health Center in Montréal
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