Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

CBS Story on Down Syndrome Causes Ruckus Over Abortion

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Melinda Barton | 18 August, 2017, 02:52

"My understanding is that we have basically eradicated, almost, Down syndrome from our society - that there is hardly ever a child with Down syndrome in Iceland anymore", he said.

"I have rarely seen a story that so closely resembles Nazi-era eugenics", says Dr. James Dobson, referring to a recent CBS News report that says Iceland's use of prenatal screen tests has virtually eliminated the birth of Down syndrome babies there.

"Some of them were low risk in our screening test, so we didn't find them in our screening", she said.

The stats: A piece at Iceland Magazine takes issue with the CBS assertion that almost 100% of women who get a positive test have an abortion.

CBS got it wrong: rather than the genetic disorder "disappearing", unborn babies with Down syndrome are "disappearing" - via abortion.

"Babies with Down syndrome are still being born in Iceland", said Hulda Hjartardottir, head of the Prenatal Diagnosis Unit at Landspitali University Hospital, where around 70 percent of Icelandic children are born. "When I was governor here I met with the president of Iceland, and we talked about our lovely regions of the world and hard working people with such great hearts and I think Iceland won't be so attractive if they continue down this path of being so intolerant to the degree of trying to snuff out the life of most those who maybe do not look like the subjective view of someone that would equate to perfection".

"Especially young mothers who are facing less than ideal circumstances in their pregnancy, finding out that maybe their child will have Down syndrome or some other challenge to come, we can help them be less fearful by speaking proudly about those that we have in our lives who bring so much joy", she concluded. The law in Iceland permits abortion after 16 weeks if the fetus has a deformity - and Down syndrome is included in this category.

In France, an estimated 96 percent of children with Down syndrome are killed before birth. The country, which has a population of 330,000, usually sees only one or two children a year born with Down syndrome - often the result, the article reports, of faulty testing. The results showed her odds of having a child with Down syndrome were only 1 in 1,600.

The report also focuses on Thordis Ingadottir and her seven-year-old daughter, Agusta. She hopes that her daughter will be fully integrated into society. "That's my dream", Ingadottir told CBS. "What kind of society do you want to live in?" "News celebrating Iceland's "100% termination rate" for children w/ Downs Syndrome". "Yeah, right. You know, I think it's a very disheartening trend".

She continued, "You know when you consider that a Down syndrome child, their skin is a little bit different". In comparison, the number of babies with Down syndrome born in the United States is about 6,000 per year. "Now nine out of ten British women terminate when they receive a positive diagnosis".

97 percent of people with Down syndrome like their identity. The lack of Down Syndrome children looks like a victory to her, when in fact it's an indictment of the utilitarianism, moral relativism, and rot that has infected the West, and abortion, euthanasia, and obligatory assisted suicide are its pustules. "I had to really be brought down to my knees and ask God to change my heart and prepare my heart and my eyes and my understanding of the goal in my son's life", she admitted.

"The people I've met who have Down's syndrome are able to walk, talk, dress themselves, and feed themselves".

Do we want to live in a world where individuals with an intellectual disabilities are erased from the picture?

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