“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.
Genetic screening is used to eliminate groups of people
Down syndrome screening isn’t about public health. It’s about eliminating a group of people.
Renate Lindeman is the spokesperson for Dutch parent group Downpride. She lives in the Netherlands.
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It didn’t take me long, though, to figure out that my ideas were based on negative, outdated information that had nothing to do with the reality of life with Down syndrome today.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.