Tuesday, 27 October 2009
The UK: Down Right Disgusting
The UK is fast becoming the designer baby capital of the World. According to The Telegraph, 'three babies are being aborted every day due to Down's syndrome, according to a study which shows the number of terminations has more than trebled in the last 20 years.'
Courtesy of The Telegraph
Peter Elliott, Chairman of The Down Syndrome Research Foundation, who has a 24-year-old son David with Downs Syndrome, said: "Why are the abortions at such a high rate unless they have been given the impression the situation was terrible and it warranted an abortion?"
"I don't think the choice is presented to the parents in the light of the true situation where the children have a good life and are in fact viewed as a blessing to the parents, not a curse, and I don't think these parents getting the abortions know much about Downs syndrome at all."
Phyllis Bowman, director of the pro-life charity, Right to Life, said too many people do not appreciate the value of a child with Down's syndrome. She said: "I find it very sad that more terminations are being carried out due to Down's syndrome. These children can do very well, they can achieve GCSEs and we have a member with Down's who runs their own company.
"People are made frightened of having a Down's child by the images of the condition that are portrayed. Too many people are presupposing that people with Down's syndrome have no value."
It is estimated that there are approximately 60,000 people with Down's syndrome currently living in the UK.
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