Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder concerning chromosome 21, also referred to as trisomy 21.
Yes, it is a genetic disorder BUT that does not mean a person born with is cannot live a full, happy, active life. They are human too. They have a disorder but they are not the disorder.
Iceland seems to have a different point of view on this though. They seem to side with Hilter and the Nazis in a mindset that says “if you have these physical qualities, you don’t deserve to live.”
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With the rise of prenatal screening tests across Europe and the United States, the number ofhas significantly decreased, but few countries have come as close to eradicating Down syndrome births as Iceland.
Since prenatal screening tests were introduced in Iceland in the early 2000s, the vast majority of women — close to 100 percent — who received a positive test for Down syndrome terminated their pregnancy.
The Icelandic government does require that women be offered the pregnancy screening, however they are not forced to take it or abort the baby if there are signs of Down Syndrome…at least not yet anyway. Despite it not being forced, roughly 85% of mothers choose to take the screening, and newly 100% of those who test positive for the genetic disorder carry through with an abortion.
Ultimately, they are killing off an entire category of people for not fitting society’s norm.
“CBSN: On Assignment” headed to Iceland with CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano to investigate what’s factoring into the high termination rates.
Using an ultrasound, blood test and the mother’s age, the test, called the Combination Test, determines whether the fetus will have a chromosome abnormality, the most common of which results in Down syndrome. Children born with this genetic disorder have distinctive facial issues and a range of developmental issues. Many people born with Down syndrome can live full, healthy lives, with an average lifespan of around 60 years.
Other countries aren’t lagging too far behind in Down syndrome termination rates. According to the most recent data available, the United States has an estimated termination rate for Down syndrome of 67 percent (1995-2011); in France it’s 77 percent (2015); and Denmark, 98 percent (2015). The law in Iceland permits abortion after 16 weeks if the fetus has a deformity — and Down syndrome is included in this category.
It’s extremely disturbing and unsettling. What’s next for a country who screens pregnancies and kills off entire groups of people for looking different? Killing off people who have big bones because they might be fat? How about killing off the ones that are missing a finger or have a lot of hair? If they’re okay will killing babies due to having Down Syndrome, what is to stop them from terminating due to any other unwanted feature of their child?
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