Television pundit Virginia Ironside prompted outrage yesterday after saying she would suffocate a child to end its suffering.
Shocked BBC viewers complained after the agony aunt said she would hold a pillow over the face of a child in pain.
Minutes earlier the controversial writer said 'a loving mother' would abort an unwanted or disabled baby, and praised abortion as 'a moral and unselfish act'.
Miss Ironside said: 'If a baby's going to be born severely disabled or totally unwanted, surely an abortion is the act of a loving mother.'
She added: 'If I were the mother of a suffering child - I mean a deeply suffering child - I would be the first to want to put a pillow over its face... If it was a child I really loved, who was in agony, I think any good mother would.'