The ease with which so many discard a life yet to be born simply because of an extra chromosome is nothing less than terrifying. Through what magical looking glass are people gazing that shows them which life is worth living, and which is not.
Down syndrome isn’t the only diagnosis on the eugenics via medicine hit list. Pre-natal testing is on the horizon for autism too.
The push for earlier and earlier prenatal testing is becoming increasingly concerning. Especially when staring into the disturbing opinions coming from people like Nicholas Provenzo,
“Like many,” notes Libertarian commentator Nicholas Provenzo, “I am troubled by the implications of Sarah Palin’s decision to knowingly give birth to a child disabled with Down syndrome. Given that Palin’s decision is being celebrated in some quarters, it is crucial to reaffirm the morality of aborting a fetus diagnosed with Down syndrome.”
This is necessary, Provenzo informs us, “because a person afflicted with Down syndrome is only capable of being marginally productive.”
Following Mr. Provenzo’s own rhetoric, I would be interested in knowing what he plans to do when he becomes elderly. For we all decline in productivity as time progresses. Will an elderly Mr. Provenzo be willing to take a long walk off a short cliff to keep world productivity levels high?
Or maybe it could be arranged for someone to push him off. The sooner the better. I’m sure there would be a line of Mom’s of kids with special needs willing to volunteer.
I’m just sayin’.
This is why I blog about our life with Parker. To try and repair the damage done by the likes of those whose opinions are found in Down syndrome a modern day death sentence, written by Joseph A. Cannon.
Where Mr. Provenzo, and Princeton Professor Peter Singer are musing the abstract while sitting in their ivory towers, my family and I are living life with a child with special needs. We are in the trenches leading the fray in spreading the word that a life with Down syndrome is truly worth living.
I’m hope that our story will speak to the hearts of mothers carrying a newly diagnosed life and give them the hope and the courage to stare the eugenicists in the eye and refuse them the life of their child.