Stop eugenics against children with Down’s in Iceland

Petition to: Icelandic Ministers of Health and Social Affairs & Equality

 

Stop eugenics against children with Down’s in Iceland

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Stop eugenics against children with Down’s in Iceland

Disturbing new research indicates that nearly 100% of all children with Down syndrome in Iceland are aborted. 
 
Although CBS News praised the country for “eradicating Down syndrome births,” this obfuscates the reality: the systematic extermination of those diagnosed with Down syndrome. They aren’t eradicating Down syndrome, they’re eradicating children with Downs.
 
Prenatal testing for the syndrome, introduced in Iceland in the early 2000s, indicates with high accuracy whether an unborn baby will have Down syndrome. Around 80-85% of Icelandic women choose to take the prenatal test.
 
The population of Iceland is around 330,000, but Iceland has on average just one or two children born alive with Down syndrome each year. All other babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are killed in the womb.
 
The problem is not limited to Iceland of course—90% of U.K. women who receive a positive Down syndrome diagnosis abort their babies, and the rate is somewhere between 67-90% in the United States.
 
France even went so far as to ban a video advertisement featuring happy children with Down syndrome talking about how they loved their lives. The State Council worried that the smiling children would “disturb the conscience of women” who had aborted children after a positive test.
 
We must stand up against this inhuman eugenics program. People with Down syndrome are some of the most loving and beautiful human beings in the world. They deserve to be treasured and protected, not exterminated.
 
Sign the petition to Óttarr Proppé, Minister of Health, and Þorsteinn Víglundsson, Minister of Social Affairs and Equality, asking them to speak out against the extermination of babies with Down's. Every signature sends an email to their desk, so please sign and share with your family and friends to get their important message in front of them.
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Stop eugenics against children with Down syndrome

I am disturbed and disgusted to learn that nearly 100% of babies with Down syndrome in Iceland are targeted for abortion. This is eugenics.
 
The systematic extermination of babies with Down syndrome dehumanizes and devalues the lives of persons living with disabilities.
 
I urge your office to take tangible steps to inform the public, including pregnant mothers, doctors, and hospitals, about the value and beauty of persons with Down syndrome. 
 
Every human life is precious.

 

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

Stop eugenics against children with Down’s in Iceland

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