Down Syndrome: A Death Penalty Offence?

In a recent article on “After-Birth Abortion” (ie. infanticide), the authors argue that pre-born human beings suffering from Down’s Syndrome should be aborted because

such children might be an unbearable burden on the family and on society as a whole, when the state economically provides for their care.

More on the “After-Birth Abortion” controversy here and here.

Note that for these authors the solution to limited health care resources is not to reduce state control over the health care system, increasing health care options and individual choice, but rather to end the lives of those who might “dare” to have to “burden,” ie. “use” the system.

In a world where over 90% of Down’s Syndrome babies are aborted, contrast the above view with that of those who have actually interacted with Down’s Syndrome people:

From the article “We loved our little Down’s baby so much we adopted another,” by Natalie Clark, Mail Online, March 28, 2012.

Freddie and Mimi bring us a richness, a fulfilment we wouldn’t have known if they hadn’t come into our lives”

From “Professor of love’: Daughter with Down syndrome inspires pro-life author to pen trilogy” by Peter Baklinski, LifeSite News, March 20, 2012:

To be missing any one of them is to be missing the blessings God had planned for us.”

From “It’s wonderful that others see what we see in her’: Parents share joy as five-year-old girl with Down’s Syndrome becomes child model” by Alison Smith-Squire, Mail Online, February 28, 2012:

We are all so proud of Natty. She does shine and it’s wonderful that others see what we do in her.’

And finally, from “UN sponsors first World Down Syndrome Day: greatest threat is abortion” by Thaddeus Baklinski, LifeSite News, March 1, 2012:

“However,” Grover remarked, “today, more than ever, people with Down syndrome are breaking barriers.”

The Down syndrome activist pointed to a research paper released by Dr. Brian Skotko which found that 99% of people with Down syndrome said that they are happy. The paper also found that “their parents and siblings say that their family member with Ds has made them better people.”

All I can say about the high abortion rate of those with Down’s Syndrome is that a nation that refuses to accept God’s blessings and the lessons that accompany them is a nation sowing the seeds of its own destruction.


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