I am adamantly opposed to abortion-—but I can tell you from my nursing experience that neither cleft palate or clubbed foot is a minor thing.
Both take years of surgery to correct, which is very hard on the child—and the outcome of the surgery is not always perfect.
I think that by minor, the author meant not life threatening.
These babies are fully conscious, fully aware, able-to-make-choices in life people.
That they would be killed because of a physical deformity is tragic.
The message is: if you are less than pleasant to look at, you are worthless.
Some may take "years of surgery" but by no means all.
It depends on the type of clubbed foot. In the case of tendons pulling the foot inward, where the baby was essentially forced to sitting indian style in the womb and then had the feet pushed upward, casting for months may work. For cases where the bones themselves formed at an angle, yes, surgery is necessary.