Friday, January 28, 2011

Worthy of Life

So often individuals with DS are seen as not worthy of life and often people talk about how much they "suffer from Down Syndrome."  In an article about a new test coming out that can detect DS prenatally, one ignorant poster made such a disgusting comment that it just makes me wonder why one would think one life is less worthy than another just because of an extra chromosome.  Here is said ignorant comment....If you can prevent suffering, wouldn't you? Perhaps something like Type II diabetes -- a disease that is usually adult-onset and easy to manage with proper attention -- wouldn't be worthy of an abortion, but something as serious and disabling as down syndrome? I know that the individuals who have it often lead relatively good lives, but they die young and often suffer quite a bit during their lives.

I would urge the parents of these children who advocate against testing or termination upon a positive test to examine how much of their opinion is based upon their own need to care and love for their child. Yes, your child is likely wonderful and kind -- most people with down syndrome are incredibly nice -- but are all the struggles they go through worth it? Wouldn't it be good to abolish something as clearly problematic as down syndrome, to effectively cure it?  

The only thing that needs to be cured in regards to Down Syndrome is ignorance.  I could go on about my feelings on this, but I think this mom of a beautiful girl with that extra something does a pretty good job at summing it up with her video she made of some beautiful soles with Down Syndrome.  When you click on her blog, scroll all the way down to the bottom first and pause the playlist and then scroll back up to the beginning and watch the video, but be warned, you may shed some tears as the song is very fitting to those beautiful children.

1 comment:

  1. The ignorance of people amazes me. I have heard more times than I would care to think about how I am the selfish one for trying to save my daughter's life. I knew before she was born that she would need at least 3 open heart surgeries and would still only have 1/2 a heart and letting her live somehow makes me selfish...I just don't get it at all. I worry so much that there are people in our society that actually believe we should terminate as a potential cure...this is scary. I could go on and on about the statement, but I won't.

    We love our children and we know they love matter what they may have to go through. Selfish is deciding before a child is born that they are not worthy of living.

    Anyway...thank you for sharing the video...yes, the tears flowed this morning.