“What kind of society do you want to live in?”
A casually worded CBS News article depicts a horrifying reality taking place in Iceland under the duplicity of leading the world in “eradicating Down syndrome births.”
The article reported Monday that the number of babies born in Iceland with the chromosomal disorder is decreasing, when in actuality the country’s abortion rate for babies diagnosed with Down syndrome is 100 percent.
That is not medical innovation for the treatment of a chromosomal disorder. That is systematically exterminating children with Down syndrome.
This isn’t progress; it’s eugenics; the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics. Developed largely by Francis Galton as a method of improving the human race, it fell into disfavor only after the perversion of its doctrines by the Nazis.
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.
While the tests are optional, the government states that all expectant mothers must be informed about availability of screening tests, which reveal the likelihood of a child being born with Down syndrome. Around 80 to 85 percent of pregnant women choose to take the prenatal screening test, according to Landspitali University Hospital in Reykjavik.
Since Iceland began prenatal testing in 2000, the government has mandated that all pregnant women be informed about screening for abnormalities — and while it does not require that women receive tests — almost all pregnant women do. The doctors administer a blood test and ultrasound in a Combination Test to determine the likelihood that the fetus will have a genetic disorder, the Daily Caller reported.
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.
Based on what we know about Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling aborted babies for profit, I don’t foresee them being advocates for aborting Down syndrome babies, I imagine the supply and demand would be less for babies that are perceived as ‘diseased.’
With a population of around 330,000, Iceland has on average just one or two children born with Down syndrome per year, sometimes after their parents received inaccurate test results. (In the U.S., according to the National Down Syndrome Society, about 6,000 babies with Down syndrome are born each year.)
“Babies with Down syndrome are still being born in Iceland,” said Hulda Hjartardottir, head of the Prenatal Diagnosis Unit at Landspitali University Hospital, where around 70 percent of Icelandic children are born. “Some of them were low risk in our screening test, so we didn’t find them in our screening.”
Other nations have followed suit with their health care treatment of unborn Down syndrome babies. As of 2015, France had a 77 percent and Denmark a 98 percent termination rate for Down syndrome babies. Britain also has a 90 percent abortion rate for Down syndrome babies, according to BBC.
“This is your life — you have the right to choose how your life will look like,” Helga Sol Olafsdottir — a counselor at Landspitali University Hospital — said she tells pregnant women deciding whether to abort a child that will have disabilities. “We don’t look at abortion as a murder,” Olafsdottir added. Seeing aborting babies with defects as murder is “so black and white … Life isn’t black and white. Life is grey.”
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin speaks out about the outrage over the rampant use of abortion to reduce Down syndrome births in Iceland.