U.K. Independent Columnist Tells BBC Suffering Children Should Be Smothered

Chalk this one up to things that make you go, “What?!?”

In an interview with the BBC on Oct. 4, Virginia Ironside, a columnist for the U.K. Independent made a jaw-dropping statement – that abortion and euthanasia could somehow be considered to be acts of kindness. (h/t Scott Baker, theblaze.com)

“[I] think that if I were a mother of a suffering child, I would be the first to want I mean a deeply suffering child I would be the first one to put a pillow over its face, as I would with any suffering thing and I think the difference is that my feeling of horror, suffering is many greater than my feeling of getting rid of a couple of cells because suffering can go on for years,” Ironside said.

That startled the host Susanna Reid, who called it “horrible.”

“I'm sorry. I was just about to introduce the next guest, but that is a pretty horrifying thing to say, that you would put a pillow over a --” Reid replied.

But then following that, this exchange occurred:

IRONSIDE: Of course I would, if it was a child I really loved who was any agony. I think any good mother would.
REID: That’s going cause shock amongst some people.
IRONSIDE: I don't know any mother who wouldn't say if this was there was nothing else that could be done and it was
OTHER GUEST: That's just not true. That's just
REID: Do you think mothers would agree with you?
IRONSIDE: I think a lot would. Maybe not any, but a lot.

The left is often eager to cry foul when some on the right even mention the words “death panels.” But with talk like this and by other eco-extremist, like Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, who once said the world population should drop from nearly 7 billion as it stands now to under a billion, is it any wonder people question the motivations of some on the left?