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Systematic screening out of babies with Down syndrome

Summary

  • World Down Syndrome Day raises awareness for rights of people with Down syndrome
  • Moving testimonies of people with Down syndrome and their families

NEW YORK (20 March 2019) – On 21 March, the world will celebrate World Down Syndrome Day raising awareness for people with Down syndrome and their role in society.

“This week we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. We are reminded that human rights apply to all members of the human family regardless of their mental or physical condition. Targeting unborn babies with Down syndrome through pre-natal screening is nothing short of eugenics in practice. As a society, we prohibit discrimination based on disability. This should also be true for babies in the womb,” said Paul Coleman, Executive Director of ADF International.

As a society, we prohibit discrimination based on disability. This should also be true for babies in the womb

Systematic elimination of Down syndrome through abortion

Over 90% of unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. The ‘non-invasive’ prenatal blood test makes the targeting of babies with Down syndrome even easier. It is being heavily promoted throughout the world. Many governments have started implementing it into public healthcare. A problematic development, given the 1968 WHO guideline criteria which states that population-wide screening is only ‘acceptable’ if a ‘treatment for patients with the disease’ is available. The Downs test does not cure anyone.

Fundamental rights for people with Down syndrome

At a World Down Syndrome Day event at the UN in Geneva, Kathleen Humberstone, a young woman with Down syndrome reminded the audience of her human rights, “I enjoy my life. I want to get married soon. My future husband is wonderful and we will move in together. I am so grateful for the support of my mother, who helped me to come speak here at the UN.”

Her mother, who also addressed the audience, explained how much Kathleen has enriched the life of their family, “She is unique, just like how our other two children are also unique. She has always been a wonderful part of our family. I dare anyone currently promoting this screening to meet with adults with Down syndrome like my daughter Kathleen. I dare them to look her in the eye and tell her straight to her face that her life is less valuable than their own,” said Denise Humberstone.

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