The Increasing Plight of Down Syndrome People: Imagine People Wanting You Dead

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CBS recently congratulated Iceland on Twitter for being “on track to eliminate Down Syndrome through abortions.”

Pregnant mothers are given blood tests to determine even just the likelihood of whether or not their children will have Down Syndrome. If doctors determine that there is a chance of a child having Down’s Syndrome they will then recommend to the pregnant mother that most women abort under these circumstances. Sadly, Iceland is nearly to the point where almost all pregnant women who are recommended to kill their babies believed to have Down Syndrome will go through with an abortion.

According to Live Action News:

In Australia, the 60 Minutes special ran ads circulating a “new test” that could “eliminate Down syndrome.” Many in the Down syndrome community immediately spoke out, including Joelle Kelly, an Australian woman whose daughter Josee has Down syndrome.

Josee and her dog. (Photo credit: Josee's Journey on Facebook)

Josee and her dog. (Photo credit: Live Action News)

“Can you imagine what that must feel like?” she said. “People are out and around in your community wanting you not there, I can’t fathom what that would feel like.”

The triumphant CBS tweet then links to an article which says:

With the rise of prenatal screening tests across Europe and the United States, the number of babies born with Down syndrome has significantly decreased, but few countries have come as close to eradicating Down syndrome births as Iceland.

Since prenatal screening tests were introduced in Iceland in the early 2000s, the vast majority of women — close to 100 percent — who received a positive test for Down syndrome terminated their pregnancy.

While the tests are optional, the government states that all expectant mothers must be informed about availability of screening tests, which reveal the likelihood of a child being born with Down syndrome. Around 80 to 85 percent of pregnant women choose to take the prenatal screening test, according to Landspitali University Hospital in Reykjavik.

“CBSN: On Assignment” headed to Iceland with CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano to investigate what’s factoring into the high termination rates.

Using an ultrasound, blood test and the mother’s age, the test, called the Combination Test, determines whether the fetus will have a chromosome abnormality, the most common of which results in Down syndrome. Children born with this genetic disorder have distinctive facial issues and a range of developmental issues. Many people born with Down syndrome can live full, healthy lives, with an average lifespan of around 60 years.

Other countries aren’t lagging too far behind in Down syndrome termination rates. According to the most recent data available, the United States has an estimated termination rate for Down syndrome of 67 percent (1995-2011); in France it’s 77 percent (2015); and Denmark, 98 percent (2015). The law in Iceland permits abortion after 16 weeks if the fetus has a deformity — and Down syndrome is included in this category.

Quijano noted, “In America, I think some people would be confused about people calling this ‘our child,’ saying a prayer or saying goodbye or having a priest come in — because to them abortion is murder.”

Olafsdottir responded, “We don’t look at abortion as a murder. We look at it as a thing that we ended. We ended a possible life that may have had a huge complication… preventing suffering for the child and for the family. And I think that is more right than seeing it as a murder — that’s so black and white. Life isn’t black and white. Life is grey.”

What’s so tragic is that the United States isn’t that far behind Iceland in Down Syndrome abortion rates. What’s also incredibly sad is that the CBS article celebrating aborting Down’s children unequivocally states: “Many people born with Down syndrome can live full, healthy lives, with an average lifespan of around 60 years.”

The pushback to the tweet and article by CBS was huge, with multiple people tweeting back pictures of their family members or friends with Down’s.

It’s hard to answer this question.

Then there’s this one. Imagine the impact that Iceland’s policy is having on families. Imagine the joy never experienced.

Children with Down Syndrome are just as human as anyone else.

In the same Live Action News article cited above, writer Cassy Fiano reports:

Meanwhile, 99% of people with Down syndrome report being happy with themselves and with their lives. Over 90% of parents of children with Down syndrome say that they love their child and that they have a more positive outlook because of them.

So why is it that these people are targeted for death? Simply because they’re different? This is nothing more than eugenics in action, with entire countries seeking to eliminate people seen as unfit by killing them before they’re even born.

It’s very sad that mothers in Iceland are being lied to, and being led to believe that Down Syndrome is a disability. Down’s children are some of the happiest, most joy-filled people, and we can learn a lot from them. Shame on CBS for gleefully celebrating the extermination of a portion of the human population. Who is the next target?



One Comment

  1. Heidi Hoover-Murray

    A relative of mine adopted a baby girl that has down syndrome….and the government gave her money for her care. She already had given birth to 3 boys. She wasn’t a very good mother and I believe that she was in it for the money. When the mother got older and had a heart condition the adopted girl lived in a facility with other kids like her. At the facility the adopted girl lost weight (she had been very overweight), got healthier, was happier because of having others like her around her and people who looked out for her well being. She also was then given nice looking, comfortable clothing which was great because the woman who adopted her bought only cheap clothing for her that didn’t look very nice. The down syndrome girl is well mannered, happy, healthy, and has a great life now that her adopted mom passed away….and her money from the government helps pay for the cost of the facility she lives in…and possibly also money from her deceased adopted mother. After knowing and meeting children with down syndrome, I can’t imagine aborting them. I think that most people don’t have contact with children that have down syndrome and haven’t got a clue how wonderful they can be. The only thing that I would be concerned about is how and where they would be cared for once their parent’s die…and if there are siblings who will look out for them if the parent’s die before the person with down syndrome. I’m not sure what, if anything, the government provides. One of her brothers passed away from a heart condition after heart surgery. Another brother has an illness and she may out life him as well. And the youngest brother isn’t a very good person but has legal custody. I’m not sure if the cost of her care is paid for by the government programs or if some of the money comes from her adoptive mother’s estate, or what. All I know is that she is well cared for now and happy in the facility where she lives with other kids (now grown up) who have downs syndrome. And she is happy. The only concern I would have if I had a kid with downs syndrome is who will look out for the grown kid after I die? Who would pay for the expenses? Would I have enough money to care for my kid after I die? Would the government pay for the care? Who would look out for the grown kid after I die? These are questions I can’t answer…I’m not informed enough. All I know is that I am glad that she was adopted instead of aborted. She always seems happy.


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