Since everyone else is doing it, elephants should, too. A woman in Britain has aborted her child on the grounds that, if it were allowed to live, its carbon footprint would contribute to the destruction of the earth. Yes, abortion is the new eco-friendly status symbol.
Not much new to contribute to the discussion. Apparently, Ms. Vernelli deems her carbon footprint to be acceptable, while that of her fetus is unacceptable. Ms. Vernelli discounts, unilaterally, the possibility that her offspring could have been a scientist who would invent and develop energy-saving technologies, a politician who would promote green measures, or a member of a university recognised and feted for its pioneering work in reducing its energy consumption.
This action – premised upon the idea that a human’s very existence is unacceptable – is functionally and morally indistinguishable from China’s forced-abortion policy. It’s one thing to eat organic rabbit food and buy a hybrid; it is quite another matter to dictate whether another human may live based on one’s personal preference for the temperature of the Earth. (We ought to be thankful that normal roommates don’t take this attitude with regards to setting the thermostat of one’s apartment…)