Down Syndrome & The Worth of A Life

October 21, 2017 Rachel Rowbottom 0 Comments

Down syndrome is quickly disappearing. Not because of a "cure", or cases being rarer, but because children with this syndrome are being murdered.

You read that right.

Many people have looked at down syndrome people and thought, "They don't deserve to live. They don't have value. They aren't worth the trouble."

You might be wondering why this hasn't made big news, after all the murder of innocent children just because of their extra chromosome seems like a terrible nazi-like idea. Well, it has made big news, mostly positive light.

Why Down syndrome in Iceland has almost disappeared - CBS News
Iceland Eliminates People with Down Syndrome - National Review
Iceland close to becoming the first country where no downs syndrome children are born - independant.co.uk

 In Iceland, 85% of women chose to take the test to find out if their baby has down syndrome. Almost 100% of those women chose abortion. We find disturbing results looking at other countries. In France, there is a 96%, in the UK 92%, in the US 61-93% abortion rate for Down syndrome babies.

You might ask why women chose to kill their children if they are diagnosed with downs syndrome? This quote by Helga Sol Olafsdottir, an Icelandic counsellor for women with pregnancy complications makes the picture clearer.

"This is your life. You have the right to choose how your life will look like... We don't look at abortion as a murder. We look at it as a thing that we ended... We ended a possible life that may have had a huge complication... preventing suffering for the child and for the family. And I think that is more right than seeing it as a murder -- that's so black and white." 

Sorry to have to break it to you Helga, but murder is ending a life. You can reword murder, call it black and white, but it doesn't change the fact the abortion is murder. Aside from the horror of abortion itself, you are choosing to kill a child because they are different than you.

The poor mothers go into the clinics, afraid, worried, and completely uninformed. Instead of being encouraged, they are told about how horrible down syndrome is. They are told that their family will suffer if they keep the baby, the child itself will suffer.

They aren't taken to visit a family who has a down syndrome child. They aren't given resources. Instead, they have to sit and listen while the abortion process is explained. They call the child retarded and mongoloid. They said the child will not be happy, all the while pressing for abortion.

But who gets to decide who is worthy of life?

Hitler decided that anyone with handicaps was useless, including down syndrome people.

"The demand that defective people be prevented from propagating equally defective offspring is a demand of the clearest reason and if systematically executed represents the most humane act of mankind. It will spare millions of unfortunates undeserved sufferings, and consequently, will lead to a rising improvement of health as a whole." Mien Kampf - Adolf Hitler

Compare those words to Helga's words. "We ended a possible life that may have had a huge complication... preventing suffering for the child and for the family." Sounds very similar to - "if systematically executed represents the most humane act of mankind. It will spare millions of unfortunates undeserved sufferings..."
Of course, there are difficulties in raising a down syndrome child. But they will grow into beautiful human beings with value and worth. Parents with children with this syndrome call it a blessing. These people bring joy and laughter into the world, and they are kinder than many "regular" people.


Angela Bachiller is an elected counsellor and worked for three years in Social Welfare & Family as an administrative assistant. 


  Tim Harris graduated from college with food safety, office skills, and restaurant hosting certificates. He now owns "Tim's Place" a restaurant, and he has created a foundation to help people with disabilities start their own businesses.

   Melissa Reilly is a gold medal winner in skiing, cycling, and swimming in the Special Olympics. She is also an intern for the Massachusetts state senator and a tutor for pre-school children.

   Pablo Pineda earned a bachelor degree in educational psychology, won the best actor of the year in 2009 at the "San Sebastian International Film Festival", as well as the acting Silver Shell award. He is also a writer and speaker. 

    Chris Burke is an actor in many tv shows and movies, and has won a Golden Globe.

Models, speakers, writers, actors, athletes, comedians, counsellors, business owners... Down syndrome people can be and are them.

And even if they aren't successful in business, sports, or career wise, down syndrome children are still successful. They feel joy. They see the beauty in little moments. They bring laughter to others' lives and touch their hearts. They have compassion.

We can learn a lot from them, as they can be much more successful than us, who get so caught up in the worries and pressures of this life that we forget to stop and just take a moment to appreciate things around us. Who are we to say their lives aren't worth as much as ours?

Despite what planned parenthood and abortion advocates would have us believe, 79% of parents of down syndrome children say that their outlook on life was more positive because of their children.

Lies are being told to us from the media, magazines, planned parenthood, celebrities, and so many other places. We hear that lives are worthless because of an extra chromosome. We hear that the lives of those with down syndrome are filled with suffering and sorrow. But these are just that, lies.

So whether you are a parent of a down syndrome child, a mother considering abortion, a down syndrome person, anyone, don't believe the lies. Although they may be packaged slightly differently, they are still the same lies being taught that Hitler believed.

You and I have worth, and so do babies, children, and adults with down syndrome.

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