“Margaret’s old pediatrician tells me that years ago he used to have a steady stream of patients
with Down syndrome. Not anymore. Where did they go, I wonder. They aren’t being born anymore, he says.”
A small group of experts use genetic science to divide the population into those “who are candidates for selection” and “those who are not”. Pregnant women are then offered the “free” choice to selectively abort certain children.
Are we really that free? This article explores how social marketing is used to raise public acceptance that children with certain genetic variations are deliberately aborted. Seventy-six years after the war, eugenic ideas have not changed.
By separating genetic science from humanity we dehumanize our (unborn) children. Vulnerability is not caused by disability; it is caused by every act that devalues human life. We are all vulnerable.