Dutch prenatal screening policy to the United Nations!

Downpride and LeJeune Foundation have taken the #StopDiscriminatingDown campaign and the Dutch prenatal screening policy to the United Nations!

echo.jpgThis marks the start of a procedure where the Dutch government is addressed at the UN for introducing a screening policy that discriminates and unjustly stigmatizes people with Down syndrome and their families.

Read the entire written statement in: word or pdf

The crime is wanting to make a group extinct

Why are some people called a risk even before they are born? Are they less human than others?

Read the article in Huffington Post

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Genetic screening is not about health; it is about eliminating groups of people

DSC_0049[1].JPGMargaret’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.

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Genetic screening is used to eliminate groups of people

Bernie Sanders’ American nightmare

Bernie Sanders thinks the American dream is in Denmark and praises the Scandinavian nation for considering Public health-care a right. “If we screen out those who are sick in advance, we can accommodate and care for others.” This is how the Danes are informed about the benefits of their National screening program that targets Down syndrome and is offered free to all pregnant women. There’s only one flaw: Down syndrome is NOT a disease. Most people with Down syndrome live happy, healthy lives.

collage4According Danish news paper Berlingske Denmark decided in 2004 not to listen to people who complain of human selection and started promoting abortion of fetuses diagnosed with Down syndrome so their society will be free of such people and perfect in the future. Since then the number of children born with Down syndrome have fallen by around 13 percent annually. Here’s a recent Danish headline: with a termination rate of 98%, Down syndrome is headed for extinction.

Medical advances are often introduced in public health-care systems with the promise they will be “individually assessed”, but it is naive to believe this. The norm is being Down-syndrome free and genetically perfect, and technology will be used to achieve conformity to that norm. The prenatal screening train has been placed on a high speed track and the goal is eliminating Down syndrome (and other genetic variations).

The adding up of a lot of individual choices to the ‘acceptability’ of aborting certain kinds of embryos or fetuses resembles eugenics in the search for a ‘perfect child’.”, Unesco’s bioethics committee warned in 2015.

How long are we going to keep up the shenanigans that prenatal screening is about women’s free choice? Danish women spilled in a 2015 documentary called Dead over Downs, how they are routinely misinformed and scared about the condition with stories of hardship. Those that dare to resist screening or abortion, are bullied and called irresponsible for having a child that is ‘a burden to society’.

That is psychological coercion and it amounts to massive and grave violation under International law, especially when the aim of a state is to reduce medical costs.

While Denmark is consistently hyped as the happiest place on earth, I think happiness is confused with a state of numbness and comfort. When love, pain, freedom and the art of living are being dismissed in a society, it starts to resemble the place Huxley describes in Brave New World.

Now the last remaining Danes with Downs are reaching out to the world through a series of video-clips produced by a small indie media company appositely named TV Glad. They are asking people worldwide to “please stand up against a society that systematically wipes out Down syndrome”.

It is hard to imagine this happening in the United States, or even the rest of Europe, but it was unthinkable in Denmark not so long ago. Many countries, including the UK, the Netherlands and France, have recently proposed to implement genetic screening into their public health-care systems. Genetic genocide has now become a global threat.geld1

Groups of people who are considered ‘expensive’ or ‘useless’ are being wiped out under the pretense of ‘public health-care”. That is not a dream but a nightmare from which we should wake up. 

Please share and sign our International petition Stop Discriminating Down

MYTHS & TRUTHS about NIPT and DOWN SYNDROME

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Today there are still many misconceptions about prenatal genetic screening (also called Non-invasive or dna-screening) and the effect on people with Down syndrome.
This list dispels some of the common myths about Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT).

MYTH: Screening prevents suffering because Down syndrome is a serious life-limiting condition.
TRUTH: While in the sixties Down syndrome could still be viewed as seriously life limiting and, to some, offer justification to provide prenatal screening and selection for Down syndrome, today’s reality of life with Down syndrome would justify phasing out existing prenatal programs: people with Down syndrome on average, live long, healthy and full-filling lives. Their families report an above average appreciation for life.

MYTH: Prenatal selection is rare for Down syndrome.
TRUTH: In Europe 92 of every 100 pregnancies are terminated when Down syndrome is diagnosed. In the United States this number is around 67.

MYTH: Denmark reports Down syndrome is headed for extinction, which means the dying out of a species because of environmental forces.
TRUTH: As soon as Denmark stops the deliberate intervention aimed at eliminating a group, Down syndrome will once again occur in approximately 1 in 550 live births. This means that Down syndrome naturally occurs and people with Down syndrome are a part of our human species.

MYTH: NIPT will not lead to more women taking up screening.
TRUTH: Countries already experience a 30% increase in the uptake of screening. Experts predict a higher uptake once NIPT is well accepted.

MYTH: Non-invasive prenatal testing will reduce the total number of miscarriages as a result of invasive tests.
TRUTH: A more widespread use of NIPT would lead to a significant increase of false-positives, requiring confirmation. Hence the following paradox: the number of invasive diagnostics would rise because of the use of the NIPT that should precisely be diminishing the use of invasive diagnostics.

MYTH: Discrimination before birth by offering and promoting prenatal selection does not lead to discrimination after birth.
TRUTH: Selecting people with Down syndrome by routinely preventing their births sends a clear message that people with Down syndrome are valued less in society. The only way to stop discrimination on the bases of Down syndrome, is to stop discrimination on the bases of Down syndrome.

NIPT in Nederlands Volksgezondheidsprogramma ter discussie in Washington Post

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Down syndrome screening isn’t about public health. It’s about eliminating a group of people.

June 16 at 6:00 AM

Renate Lindeman is the spokesperson for Dutch parent group Downpride. She lives in the Netherlands.
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Upon delivering my first child 11 years ago, I heard the words “Down syndrome,” and my world collapsed. Visions of children sitting passively in a corner watching life go by, not participating, kept me awake those first nights as a mom.

It didn’t take me long, though, to figure out that my ideas were based on negative, outdated information that had nothing to do with the reality of life with Down syndrome today. My daughter April is an active, outgoing girl. She’s my nature child, wildly passionate about anything with four legs. Although April uses few words, she’s a master communicator. Through her, I’ve learned that Down syndrome is not the scary, terrible condition it’s made out to be.

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