Down Syndrome has been a significant news topic recently. But not as a single topic; rather, it’s been multiple events and stories happening at about the same time.
- The News Overview
- What is Down Syndrome? How does it impact the individual and their family?
- The proposed bills on abortion
- The Boy Scouts confront Down Syndrome and Merit Badges
- This Down Syndrome entrepreneur started a business!
Several things spurred this hitting the our review…
- The newest Gerber baby has Down Syndrome
- Gerber is owned by Nestle, who also owns Gerber Life Insurance…
- Which reportedly denies life insurance for Down Syndrome
- Which isn’t really that unfair considering the health complications associated with Down; see below.
- Several states have proposed making it illegal to abort a Down Syndrome baby.
- Iceland has nearly eliminated Down Syndrome births through prenatal testing and abortion
- Denmark announced last year that they have “eradicated” Down… by which they mean they are now exterminating 98% of babies with Down. This has caused accusations that they are trying to “exterminate” a group of people.
- In Canada, 80-90% abort upon a Down diagnosis.
- The Boy Scouts took away the badges of a Down Syndrome member.
- Down does not run in families. It is a genetic defect, but not an inherited one.
- Down is a genetic defect – an extra chromosome 21. Common impacts are:
- Flatter face
- Shorter neck
- Slanted eyes
- Shorter, stockier build
- Reduced cognitive ability
- Other birth defects
- People with Down Syndrome have dramatically lower measured intelligence and capability for living on their own.
- They’re also dramatically happier than normal people; according to this study, 99% of individuals with Down Syndrome say they’re happy with their lives, and 97% like who they are.
- March 21st is “World Down Syndrome Day“. Yeah, we didn’t know that was a thing either.
Whether these bills/laws seem humane or logical isn’t relevant; in the current legal landscape, they are unconstitutional. If a woman has a right to have an abortion, that right isn’t going to be abridged based on the fetus, which lacks human standing in the eyes of the law. Additionally, the 14th Amendment, the Right to Privacy, should prevent the government from knowing about the medical situation or the reason for abortion. It would certainly be odd to allow a woman to get an abortion except if the child has birth defects.
And while legally it is appropriate to force a man to pay for a child he would prefer to abort (no “male abortion” rights), the idea that the government can force the additional obligation of a higher-maintenance child on a family is not likely to pass muster either.
The current Down Syndrome abortion rates (and Denmark’s “success”) have been compared to the Holocaust.
Most of the outlets focusing on the “eradication” of Down Syndrome are pro-life or are dedicated to Down Syndrome “survivors.”
The Boy Scouts have stripped Down Syndrome member Logan Blythe of his badges and stopped his Eagle Scout project. Logan’s dad Chad claims this is discrimination. The Boy Scouts say they’re merely enforcing the rule that the process must be followed as written.
The problem is:
- Logan simply cannot complete the requirements for the standard badges.
- The local scouting organization allowed him to complete modified programs for the badges.
- These were not approved by the national organization, which is in charge of Eagle Scouts.
- The Eagle is the highest level of Boy Scout.
Interestingly, the media demonstrating bias by calling the National Boy Scouts‘ refusal to modify the requirements, “discrimination.” That is a sign of what’s wrong with the media today. It may not be sensitive or empathetic, but it is precisely a failure to discriminate. As part of the post-truth era, the media has this backwards.
John Cronin graduated high school at 21 with Down Syndrome. He told his father he wanted to start a business, landing on selling crazy socks because he’d always worn crazy socks. That was less than two years ago.
John’s Crazy Socks now has revenue over $1 Million… in less than two year.
Okay, this may not seem super news-worthy, but it’s in the news (see the top link) and is relevant to Down Syndrome… and making these connections is what our system is about.