Iceland’s fights Down Syndrome … by killing Babies who have it
A report by CBS News claims that 100 percent of pregnancies tested positive for down-syndrome were terminated ever since prenatal screening tests were introduced in Iceland in the early 2000s.
Since then, an average of only one or two children with down-syndrome are born each year, sometimes only because of inaccurate test results. “Babies with Down syndrome are still being born in Iceland,” Hulda Hjartardottir of Landspitali University Hospital told CBS News. “Some of them were low risk in our screening test, so we didn’t find them in our screening.”
As Head of the hospital’s Prenatal Diagnosis Unit Hjartardottir also counsels women who consider ending their pregnancy over foetal abnormalities. “We don’t look at abortion as a murder. We look at it as a thing that we ended. We ended a possible life that may have had a huge complication… preventing suffering for the child and for the family,” she said.
The article goes onto report that other countries are not far behind in terminating down-syndrome pregnancies.
Speaking to Catholic News Agency, President of Heartbeat International Jor-El Godsey spoke out against the news saying, “There is nothing to celebrate in Iceland’s ‘eradication’ of babies born with Down syndrome through abortion.”
“These are precious human beings hand-crafted in the image of God, and no government or person on earth has the authority to rob persons with Down syndrome of their lives,” he continued. “Down syndrome is not a death sentence, and it is monstrous to suggest otherwise.”
Iceland’s policymakers may not see the fundamental loophole in their solution, but actress Patricia Heaton expressed it best when she tweeted: “Iceland isn’t actually eliminating Down syndrome. They’re just killing everybody that has it. Big difference.”