I am struck by the ease with which some posters classify the mentally "retarded" as less worthy of recognition as people. Their existence would appear to depend on the patronage/goodwill of the able-bodied and not on the inalienable right to existence that the able-bodied take as read. Does that mean that a person who has less than normal cognition is less than human? Less worthwhile? I'd be interested to learn why in recent threads the mentally reatrded come in for greater judgment about their worth as human beings than those who have normal mental faculties.