How to rid the world of Down syndrome

The answer: Abort Down Syndrome babies that are prenatally diagnosed with the condition. That should do it, as a study reveals that aborting them has reduced a  Down Syndrome "community" by 30 percent. 

Orwell, who was pro-life, would have had a field day with the idea of ridding the world of a genetic disorder by ridding the world of the people who have the disorder. Let's be clear: Aborting a child because it has Down Syndrome amounts to a form of ethic cleansing and a "final solution."

Yet, it frequently happens. So much so that the "termination" of Down Syndrome babies might be the next fight on the abortion front. According to the AP:

A proposal to ban abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome has cleared an Ohio legislative panel over the objections of abortion-rights groups.

Advocates of the measure, which cleared the House Health Committee Wednesday, contend terminating pregnancies in such cases is a form of discrimination stemming for [sic] misinformation and society's growing perfectionism.

And the Down Syndrome community is finding its voice. As the Washington Free Beacon reports:

Frank Stephens, a man with Down syndrome and an advocate for those with the genetic disorder, told a congressional committee on Wednesday that his life is "worth living" as he criticized those who believe fetuses with Down syndrome should be aborted.

Stephens testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to discuss the state of medical research on Down syndrome. He directly addressed those who believe fetuses diagnosed with Down syndrome should be aborted, a practice common in some countries such as Iceland and Denmark.

Iceland is close to eliminating Down syndrome births through abortion. Since the introduction of prenatal screening tests to the country in the early 2000s, close to 100 percent of women whose pregnancies test positive for Down syndrome have chosen to have an abortion.

"Whatever you learn today, please remember this: I am a man with Down syndrome and my life is worth living," Stephens told lawmakers on the committee.

"I completely understand that the people pushing this particular ‘final solution' are saying that people like me should not exist," Stephens said. "That view is deeply prejudiced by an outdated idea of life with Down syndrome."

Stephens mentioned some of his accomplishments, including his award-winning film and television career and speaking tours, before joking about visiting the White House.

Aborting a fetus with the genetic condition clearly violates the spirit, but probably not the letter, of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Pro-choice groups, however, adamantly insist that nothing should get in the way of a woman's decision to abort a human life. It has the stink of eugenics.

The Internet is full of stories of parents speaking of the preciousness, joy and competence of Down Syndrome children. Here's just one, "The three biggest myths about Down Syndrome." 

Here is the Frank Stephens congressional testimony:

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    Thank you for posting this. Heard him this morning on the radio.

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