Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:18 PM
alp227 (28,880 posts)
Ukip suspends election candidate after 'abhorrent' abortion remark
Source: The Guardian
The UK Independence party has suspended one of its election candidates who suggested that mothers carrying foetuses with Downs syndrome or spina bifida should be forced to have abortions to avoid the child being "a burden on the state as well as on the family".
Ukip had initially backed Geoffrey Clark, saying that members held "a range of views and opinions" that were not party policy and adding that while it disagreed with his comments, they were contained in a "personal manifesto".
But following a backlash, the party performed a u-turn and said in a later statement the views of the would-be Kent county councillor were "abhorrent" and that he would not be standing for the party again.
"Ukip reject the abhorrent views expressed in the personal manifesto of Mr Geoffrey Clark, a candidate in the local elections," said a spokesman who said that Ukip wanted to apologise to anyone who has suffered distress as a result of this matter. .
Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/dec/18/ukip-candidate-abortion-for-downs-syndrome
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Response to uppityperson (Reply #1)
Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:03 AM
T_i_B (12,026 posts)
And furthermore, UKIP are the British equivalent if the Tea Party. You can be sure that quite a few of them are anti-abortion and therefore will find this viewpoint very repulsive.
Response to alp227 (Original post)
Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:25 PM
Manifestor_of_Light (19,488 posts)
2. Let me tell you what my friend said.
she has a 35 year old mentally retarded autistic daughter. The child is six feet tall and weighs 300 pounds. She has the mind of a five year old, and is considered to be a high-functioning autistic child.
She said that she had friends with low-functioning autistic kids who had just dropped dead from the stress of caring for the child. Being a mother of a disabled child was so stressful that it killed