All I can hear right now is the line from the movie Princess Bride, “No. Is too much. I sum up.”
But that’s not all, only a few weeks ago Princeton Professor Peter Singer, stated in an interview that it is “’reasonable’ for the government or private insurance companies to deny treatment to infants with disabilities.” If you want to know more about the statement and Singer, without losing all hope for humanity, read the NCD reply here, instead.
Less than a year ago, another bioethicist publicly claimed it is “immoral” to have a child with Down syndrome.
These concepts are not new. They weren’t even new when Nazi Germany implemented them. This is Why The Movie Menschen is Not Just a Movie.
A few years ago, shortly after the Denmark headline boasted it will be ‘Downs Syndrome Free’ by 2030, I took a full 15 pages to explain, with medical and life documentation, my concerns via the “Essay Arguing Eugenics: A Case for Changing the World,” This came in the light of new prenatal testing that scares me not because of its existence, but because of its practice. One takeaway, among all of the study and medical facts, it is this: “No one can prenatally test potential.”
Recently these same tests have moved across the ocean to the UK. My heart broke all over again for the parents of people with Down syndrome who were reminded, again, of the “value” put onto their children’s lives.
Dear blogger-mum-advocate Hayley at DownsSideUp has written and spoken many eloquent and compelling arguments for inclusion, and rights, and compassion. She, and her family, reach out well beyond “the community” and talk to the public at large, government, and medical professional. Yet, of all of her words, I am drawn to share today one of the dearest posts she shared years ago, before all of this entered her schedule:“The Doctors' Waiting Room: The contribution our daughter makes.” Read this and know why I arrived at home in tears for her when the immensity of this battle hit upon her again like a stone that cannot be budged.
Is too much.