He's an old Eurocrat from when the EU was shiney and new and optimistic that heralded a promised a new world. It was a time when he had a full head of hair and his type were the elite. The early nineties seem like a long time ago now.
Now it's failing, he's retired and follicly challenged and there's a dozen people on here openly toasting when each and every piece of that Empire he's invested so much of his being into, peels off and comes crashed to the ground. That's gonna test the blood pressure.
From a economic standpoint abortion will remove a lot of potential dependent children from the society the state would otherwise have to pay for. Families are the same if their having only one child, they would want to abort any down syndrome kids etc..
And as families are getting smaller generation after generation, extended family support for grandparents is not there. And in a state which is getting greyer by the generation, they will seek ways to get rid of the cost as they start to clog up the system which has failed to plan for such an issue, and if their is no plan outside mass immigration, you can see why people would be worried that euthanasia would be next.
Nobody reads that stuff anyway but liblobs. And of course what Barrett says is perfectly true. It's all part of the hyperconsumer society were even people are commodified, assessed for their material worth and dumped on the scrap heap if they are regarded as a burden.