Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder concerning chromosome 21, also referred to as trisomy 21. While it is a genetic disorder, it does not define the person who has it. They are not the disorder.
Sadly, we live in a world where many people do not see it this way. Iceland, for example, claims to have eliminated the disorder. However, their means of doing so is by aborting nearly 100% of all babies who test positive for the extra chromosome. They seem to side with Hilter and the Nazis in a mindset that says “if you have these physical qualities, you don’t deserve to live.”
CBS is applauding the country for “eliminating” the genetic disorder. Does anyone else see the evil in this?
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 15, 2017
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.
The Icelandic government requires women to be offered the pregnancy screening. However, they do not force the women to take the test or abort the baby….not yet anyway.
Heartbreakingly enough, 85% of mothers still choose the screening and almost 100% of them do have an abortion if the test is positive.
— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) August 15, 2017
An entire population of people are being murdered for not fitting into society’s norm.
“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.
This is the same as the holocaust in my book. What’s next? Tests to screen for hair and eye color? Gender? If your baby doesn’t fit your perfect little mold to the T, then you can abort them? How sinister and sickening can people be?
People with down syndrome are still people.