The Jury Talks Back

12/19/2018

Petitioning To Be On The Endangered List

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 4:44 pm

[guest post by Dana]

A marginalized group of neighbors to the North of us who are concerned about the increasing lack of support for their community, recently rolled out a campaign highlighting the needs of people with Down syndrome. The ‘Endangered Syndrome’ project is the brainchild of the Canadian Society for People With Down Syndrome. Concerned about a deliberate and systematic attempt to eliminate this category of people throughout parts of Europe, the basis of the project is a belief that this community is now critically endangered :

All of this is despite the fact that the vast majority of people with Down syndrome report having an extremely high quality of life, exposing the empty and evil excuses of some abortive parents that abortion is “best for the baby” as the transparent lie that it is. Life expectancy has also gone up steadily: Now, people with Down syndrome generally live to about sixty years old, with some living into their seventies. Their life expectancy post-birth has skyrocketed just as their life expectancy pre-birth plummets.

That is precisely why the Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) is attempting to draw attention to the plight of people with Down syndrome via a daring new campaign, “Endangered syndrome”: They have launched a petition calling for those with Down syndrome to be placed on the “endangered” list, noting that that by the standards of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the Down syndrome community qualifies.

The Society lists five major points explaining why they believe the Down syndrome community is endangered:

*ACROSS EUROPE AND ASIA, DOWN SYNDROME BIRTHS ARE 50% LOWER THAN PROJECTED.

*OVER 65% OF PEOPLE WITH DOWN SYNDROME ARE OUT OF THE WORKFORCE.

*IN DENMARK, DOWN SYNDROME BIRTHS FELL BY AN AVERAGE OF 13% ANNUALLY FROM 2004-2010.

*25% OF THOSE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES LIKE DOWN SYNDROME LIVE IN POVERTY.

*ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS HAVE 90% MORE RESOURCES AND FUNDING THAN DOWN SYNDROME ORGANIZATIONS IN NORTH AMERICA.

Because the birth rates of individuals with Down syndrome have sharply declined, particularly in Iceland, where only 1-2 babies per year with Down syndrome are actually born (often due to inaccurate test results), and 90% of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted before birth in England, the Endangered List petition has specific goals that they hope to see met if enough attention to their cause can be generated. These would include ensuring their right to work and self-sufficiency, and being active members of society; their right to independent living is recognized by providing more housing facilities; more support services provided to those with Down syndrome so that they can be included in society; better educational support for their community, and help removing stigmas frequently attached to individuals with Down syndrome.

Here is one individual’s story:

There are more of these stories at the link above.

Meanwhile, back here in the U.S., the newly selected president of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen wants you to understand what defines standard medical healthcare at Planned Parenthood:

From here on out, we want to be clear: Planned Parenthood services, from birth control to cancer screenings and abortion, are standard medical care. Reproductive healthcare is healthcare. Women’s healthcare is healthcare. And healthcare is a basic human right. #ThisIsHealthcare

Abortion is part of the full spectrum of reproductive healthcare, and should be treated as the normal experience that it is. Nearly 1 in 4 women in America will have an abortion at some point in her life. And her decision should stay between her and her doctor. #ThisIsHealthcare

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Clearly, what constitutes standard medical care is up for interpretation, as well as what is considered “normal.” There is no doubt that the objective has always been to normalize the killing of the unborn, and to solidify in the public mind that the little victims are but inconvenient faceless blobs of tissue and blood. Because if allowed to have a face, and personhood is recognized, then a very difficult road of reckoning ensues. And that eventual and inescapable reckoning traverses deep down to the bone and pierces the soul with its pain and sorrow. Until that time, the Shout Your Abortion movement provides a forum in which a woman can muffle the cry in her soul by sharing the story of her abortion, and thus feel good about the normal, standard medical care in which she partook.

While Dr. Wen wants us to believe that abortion is simply standard medical care, her position conveniently ignores the intrinsic humanity of unborn babies, wholly innocent and unable to defend themselves. It reduces the unborn baby to an unwanted entity, rudely intruding on an already established life. Thus the need for elimination, even through the most vicious of procedures. This, ironically, so that life can go on. But just not theirs.

It all more than breaks the heart.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)

–Dana

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