Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The End of Down Syndrome? *Edited for Additional Link*

Yesterday the New York Post had an article titled "The End of Down Syndrome".  It was one of the most disturbing articles I have ever read.  It sent chills down my spin and caused my stomach to turn.  Here is an excerpt from the article:


"Last month, San Diego-based Sequenom released a test that allows doctors to screen for the most prevalent type of Down syndrome with only a blood test from the mother. The screening is available in 20 cities and is expected to hit New York soon. Two other companies have plans to release similar tests next year.  “What you end up having is a world without people with Down syndrome,” says Paul Root Wolpe, director of the center for ethics at Emory University. “And the question becomes is that a good thing or bad thing?”


Humans now have the ability to screen for Down Syndrome and then abort a baby should the test show that the baby has Down Syndrome.  That is a very scary prospect as it also opens up a whole other can of worms.  But allow me to digress a moment.  After I read the article in the New York Post, I scrolled down to the comment section to see the reaction of other readers.  It seemed that a majority of the readers were appalled by the mere idea of aborting a baby solely because of Down Syndrome.  There were, however, some that were vehemently in favor of aborting babies with Down Syndrome.  That, my friends, is a very sad commentary on our society.  Basically this test promotes eugenics.  Do you know who else was a big promoter of Eugenics?  Hitler.  Yep.  Hitler.  He killed millions and millions of people for reasons such as: ethnicity, Cerebral Palsy, DOWN SYNDROME, missing limbs, etc...  Have we as the human race not learned from our previous egregious mistake?

Further, in reading these comments in favor of aborting babies with Down Syndrome, one of the most common arguments in favor of this were, "They will have a miserable existence".  Really?  As the mother of a lively little boy with Down Syndrome I am a little stumped on that one.  Dima is so happy and LOVES life!  Everything is in his words, "AWESOME!".  My dear friend, Cindy, who is 43 and has Down Syndrome and is also a very happy woman.  If anything that dear woman is proud of her Down Syndrome.

Another argument in favor of aborting babies with Down Syndrome was that they would be a burden on the parents and society.  That comment is just flat out ignorant.  Obviously these individuals have not met families that have children with Down Syndrome.  Dima is not at all a burden on our family!  He brings us joy, happiness, love, and a wonderful perspective on life.  Sure, he will eventually grow up and be an adult, but if Eric and I train him right and give him all of the opportunities possible, he will be able to live a productive adult life.  He has so much to offer this world.  As for being a burden on society, Dima at this time receives no government assistance.  We pay for everything (including medical at this time) out of pocket.  So I am a little confused as to how Dima is a burden on society.

As for parents not wanting to raise a child with Down Syndrome, what about adoption?  Why abort your baby and waste a precious human life when you can take a less than desirable situation for yourselves and bless a family that wants a child with Down Syndrome?  Did you know that there is a 2 year waiting list to domestically adopt a child or baby with Down Syndrome?  There are many, many families more than willing to accept a child with Down Syndrome.

Bottom line this test is eugenics at its finest and it is a foul, disgusting, and dirty act on humanity.  It is sad that not even 100 years have passed since World War II and we are already back in the saddle of creating the master race.  But if that is what humanity wants, why stop at Down Syndrome?  Why not abort children who will have HIV, Cerebal Palsy, missing limbs, etc...  I fear that if we start with the Down Syndrome it will only spread into those areas and more.

How does this tie into being a Monday morning Christian?  Brothers and sisters we need to take a stand against such atrocities as eugenics.  It is a sin to take a human life.  We need to open our homes to orphans with special needs and love them for who they are.  We need to encourage and support families that are doing so.  Families that CHOOSE to adopt a child with special needs does not need to hear negativity and discouraging words.  And we must have our Father's heart for humanity in general.  We must have the love, compassion, and mercy that our Father has for us.  We must care for the least of these and be a voice for those that cannot speak for themselves.

Finally, I would like to add that while I do not support abortion in any way or for any reason I do love and have compassion for those that have walked down that road.  As Eric says, "Dislike the sin, love the sinner".  Without naming names or going into detail, I know someone in my life who is near and dear who was the participant in an abortion (not me).  That person regrets it to this day but also knows the forgiveness of our Lord and Savior.  That gives the individual hope.  So please know that what I am sharing here in my blog is not hellfire and brimstone.  I share with love and pray that the human race stops destroying itself.  I pray that this is not the end of Down Syndrome due to abortion.  Dima and many others like him would agree with me.

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I would also like to share a link to an article written by Dr. Brian Skokto.  He is a champion for children with Down Syndrome and many of us appreciate all of the work that he does.  Please take a moment to read this positive article that he recently published in the USA Today.  Click HERE.



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