Some of you may or may not have seen the articles and reports about Iceland and Down Syndrome. Currently about 3-4 children with DS are born in Iceland PER YEAR!! Yes, that’s right…each year only 3-4 amazingly special kids are given the chance at life. Often times the only reason of these births occur is because the early screening was wrong. Because of this, Down Syndrome is almost fully extinct in some countries.
Check out the article here: “What kind of society do you want to live in?”: Inside the country where Down syndrome is disappearing
Why is this important to us? Because this epidemic is spreading. These early screening are also being used in Australia, Europe and the US. The need for “perfect children” is taking over the desire for life. Doctors are pushing termination on new mother’s when they are uninformed and emotional. I’ve spoken to a few new mama’s who said almost every Doctor appointment they have they are asked multiple times if they are sure they don’t want to abort. This is horrible!! The value of any life is not cherished anymore.
I understand, I know DS is NOT for everyone. This is a lifelong, stressful, scary, and amazingly beautiful commitment. But to say that Jana’s life is less valuable than our other children is ridiculous. God has a plan and a purpose for her that is bigger than any of us can imagine. She and all her other DS buddies make our world a better place. Their determination, their tenacity and joy is contagious to those around them. To eliminate them from our society would be detrimental to us all.
The problem is not these mama’s who are confused and scared. All parents are terrified when they find out their child has something wrong with them. The problem starts at Doctors who push termination. Instantly they view DS as a defect that should be removed. Instead of educating these families of the new progress the DS community has had. Adults with DS are productive, happy members of society now. Things have changed in the last 30 years and that should be encouraged not down played.
I saw on twitter a quote I want to share from actress Patricia Heaton (@patriciaheaton).
“Iceland isn’t actually eliminating Down Syndrome. They’re just killing everybody that has it. Big difference.”
We need to remember that ALL LIFE MATTERS!! This shouldn’t just be a discussion of DS termination. This is life termination. Our lives are ambushed daily but the petition to be accepting, tolerant and loving to those around us. But yet, when a innocent child is born with slight differences, we instantly want to throw them away. Where is the respect for these tiny lives? Where is the love for life?