Stop Discriminating Down 

You might know someone who lives with Down Syndrome. If you do, you know that those who live with Downs are marked by joyous and infectious personalities.

In fact, 21 March of each year is World Down Syndrome Day—a day for those with Down Syndrome to be celebrated, and the condition itself to be the forefront of the collective mind. But as others have noted, World Down Syndrome Day is becoming a day of mourning.

In several countries, Down Syndrome is a death sentence.

Due to the advent of the ‘non-invasive prenatal test’ (NIPT), a blood test that can tell the parents if their baby has Down Syndrome with 99 per cent accuracy, more and more children with Down Syndrome have been aborted.

In the UK, it’s estimated that 90 per cent of mothers are aborting their unborn children who have Down Syndrome. In Denmark, where there is an actual goal of zero Down Syndrome births by 2020, it’s 98 per cent. At this rate, that goal will be met. Since NIPT was introduced in Iceland, 100 per cent of unborn children who have Down Syndrome have been killed in the womb.

It would be dishonest to describe this trend as anything other than eugenic.

In this instance, NIPT has fostered a disturbing mentality: babies with Down Syndrome are better off dead. If they’re born, they won’t be able live a quality life. In fact, it would be cruel to even give birth to a baby with Down Syndrome.

Of course, this could not be further from the truth.

Jean-Marie Le Mene, president of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation and author of many publications on Down Syndrome understands this:

Children with Down Syndrome are the very first victims of transhumanism, and what should be the safety of every mother’s womb becomes a place of danger. A world without Down Syndrome and the elimination of empathy and humanity would be our loss, not theirs. In truth, we are not protecting their world. They are protecting ours.

To put it simply: Down Syndrome is not being eradicated. People with Down Syndrome are being eliminated.

Human rights organizations are speaking up.

In March 2017, ADF International, along with the Jerome Lejeune Foundation, Downpride, and the Permanent Representation of the Order of Malta to the UN, hosted a side event during the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The speakers aimed to raise awareness about the ongoing systematic targeting of babies with Down Syndrome, which is a blatant violation of international law.

In fact, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, states in Article 3:

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

For the babies in the womb who test positive for Down Syndrome, this essential human right has been completely disregarded. Once a certain condition is targeted, and those who live with it are even killed, there is no logical stopping point.

This undermining of basic human rights has been bolstered by the recent campaign by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights which claims that ‘“you have human rights since birth”’.

All human beings are marred by imperfections. But that does not mean they should be snuffed out before birth. Human rights belong to all—regardless of one’s physical or mental condition.

In the case of those with Down Syndrome, the person is being eliminated, not the condition.

Will you join us?  

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the UDHR, ADF International reaffirms the fundamental understanding that human rights are based on the inherent dignity of each person.

Those who live with Down Syndrome possess the same inherent dignity as you—and they are no less deserving of life. It’s crucial that their right to life is not just protected, but celebrated.

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