Washington Post Author Advocates Aborting Babies With Down Syndrome!
Ruth Marcus brags about being a mother of two healthy children while defending the concept of ‘gene purification’ by aborting babies who may carry the genetic signatures of down syndrome. What a horrific concept. Robbing a child of life to avoid inconveniences?
If any here happen to agree with Mrs. Marcus’ extreme views I would like to show you this powerful video of Frank Stephens, a Down Syndrome advocate who spoke out on this very subject some four months ago. Consider Mr. Stephens words and imagine telling him his life has no value because he has down syndrome.
Marcus is being heralded as “brave” and “thought-provoking” for her approach, which argues that both families — and those with Down syndrome — would be better off if the condition was simply eradicated through selective termination, because individuals with Down syndrome are generally less intelligent, and often represent a lifelong care commitment.
I respect — I admire — families that knowingly welcome a baby with Down syndrome into their lives. Certainly, to be a parent is to take the risks that accompany parenting; you love your child for who she is, not what you want her to be.
But accepting that essential truth is different from compelling a woman to give birth to a child whose intellectual capacity will be impaired, whose life choices will be limited, whose health may be compromised. Most children with Down syndrome have mild to moderate cognitive impairment, meaning an IQ between 55 and 70 (mild) or between 35 and 55 (moderate). This means limited capacity for independent living and financial security; Down syndrome is life-altering for the entire family.
I’m going to be blunt here: That was not the child I wanted. That was not the choice I would have made. You can call me selfish, or worse, but I am in good company. The evidence is clear that most women confronted with the same unhappy alternative would make the same decision.
I guess the argument here is that not all lives have value. That is the same mentality Hitler sought to enforce.