I’m going to address this subject briefly because it’s a common opinion, and certainly not isolated to objectivists.
Nicholas Provenzo is an “objectivist” and writer for the Center for the Advancement of Capitalism. Here’s his take on Trig Palin in which he unwittingly announces the creation of the “Center for the Advancement of Making Capitalist/Objectivists Look Like Total A-Holes”:
Like many, I am troubled by the implications of Alaska governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s decision to knowingly give birth to a child disabled with Down syndrome. Given that Palin’s decision is being celebrated in some quarters, it is crucial to reaffirm the morality of aborting a fetus diagnosed with Down syndrome (or by extension, any unborn fetus)Ã¢â‚¬â€a freedom that anti-abortion advocates seek to deny.
A parent has a moral obligation to provide for his or her children until these children are equipped to provide for themselves. Because a person afflicted with Down syndrome is only capable of being marginally productive (if at all) and requires constant care and supervision, unless a parent enjoys the wealth to provide for the lifetime of assistance that their child will require, they are essentially stranding the cost of their child’s life upon others.
I’m not fully schooled in objectivism, but I’m pretty sure that Ayn Rand viewed stealing from individuals on behalf of the “common good” as one of the world’s great evils, as this was a main theme in many of her books. If stealing money and property from individuals on behalf of the “common good” is abhorrent, how is stealing an innocent life on behalf of the “common good” any more desirable — or more objectivist for that matter?
Those objectivists who believe that killing innocent human life on behalf of the “common good” — because that life may be a burden in some way to others — is acceptible, may as well go ahead and re-write the opening line of Atlas Shrugged: “Who aborted John Galt?”
After all, what pro-choice, “common good” peddling government is going to have any use for a burden like that guy?