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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Down Syndrome and Perfect Children

Mirror of Justice has a link to an interesting article in the Globe and Mail entitled "There's no such thing as the perfect child." The article is written by a mother of a child with Down Syndrome. It starts:
A word to the wise to those of you dying to ask a parent of a child with Down syndrome, spina bifida or an open neural tube condition if they had prenatal testing: Don't do it. Bite your tongue. Shut up. Swallow it.

Because what you are really asking us is, "Why didn't you abort your child?" And, similarly, "Why is this child even alive right now?"

Believe me, justifying the very existence of our beloved children hurts. It will not gain you any brownie points on the playground or when I'm writing up my Christmas card list.
I've written before about the phenomenon of 90% of unborn children with Down Syndrome being aborted. To quote myself:
With only 10% of Down's kids surviving childbirth, the numbers speak for themselves: our society is gradually turning into one that is "pure," free of individuals with mental disabilities. That means, for us who are "normal," we are losing the opportunity to interact and care for disabled people, which is an overwhelmingly enriching experience, a real oppportunity for charity, and a good reminder of what really matters in life. It also means, for those few remaining people with disabilities (always dwindling in number), as they become more and more outnumbered, they will become more and more subject to prejudice and increasingly considered unworthy members of society.