World Down Syndrome Day 2015

sarah kathryn

People with Down Syndrome have been targeted for extinction. In November, the New York Post heralded The End of Down Syndromeand profiled a new, safer test for pre-natal detection. Before this test was available, 92% of Down syndrome diagnoses (and many times false diagnoses) resulted in the mothers choosing to terminate their pregnancies. With these new tests, some experts foretell the ends of Down syndrome.

Why the hurried desire to rid the world of people like Donny, Kyle, Lisa, Caleb, Anthony?

Certainly it isn’t because their disability poses a physical threat to anyone. Rather, children and adults with Down syndrome pose a different kind of threat to society – the visual reminder that our aspirations for ‘perfection’ may be flawed, that our consuming desire for normalcy is threatened. People like Anthony disrupt normal.

Screen shot 2015-03-21 at 6.25.02 PM Precious Anthony (http://reecesrainbow.org/84019/anthony-101)

Why do the majority of expectant parents determine not to carry these pregnancies…

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