It's eugenics in Iceland - not 'eradication'

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
 | 
Charlie Butts, Jody Brown (OneNewsNow.com)

pregnancy ultrasoundConservative Christian leaders are blasting a news report documenting how Iceland is on the verge of "eradicating" Down syndrome through abortion.

"I have rarely seen a story that so closely resembles Nazi-era eugenics," says Dr. James Dobson, referring to a recent CBS News report that says Iceland's use of prenatal screen tests has virtually eliminated the birth of Down syndrome babies there.

"We don't look at abortion as a murder. We look at it as a thing that we ended. We ended a possible life that may have had a huge complication ... preventing suffering for the child and for the family. And I think that is more right than seeing it as a murder – that's so black and white. Life isn't black and white. Life is grey."

Helga Sól Ólafsdóttir, counselor
Landspítali University Hospital
(quoted in CBS News story)

Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America, also reacts to the story, saying it's "just one more step down the road of becoming a culture that devalues human life and sees people with disabilities, whether cognitive or physical, as less than everyone else."

The government in Iceland mandates that each pregnant woman be apprised of the availability of tests to determine whether a preborn child has abnormalities, but the tests themselves aren't legally imposed on them. However, an estimated 80 to 85 percent of those women do take the tests – and if a medical condition such as Down syndrome is detected, a woman can abort their child after 16 weeks.

The result in Iceland, according to the news report, is an average of one or two Down syndrome children born each year in a population of around 330,000. The tests are only about 85 percent accurate, meaning it is likely that healthy babies are being aborted.

Dobson

"The Bible tells us that 'we are all fearfully and wonderfully made,'" says Dobson, quoting a passage from Psalm 139. "I know countless parents who would say the same of their own children with Down syndrome.

"A child born with a chromosome defect is a child made in God's image, fully capable of living a happy, productive, and healthy life," adds the respected author and advocate for life. "They are as capable of giving and receiving love just as you and I are. They deserve a chance to live – and those of us in the Church must speak out on their behalf."

Iceland isn't alone in high abortion rates for Down syndrome babies. In the U.S. the estimated rate is 67 percent, in France it's 77 percent, and in Denmark 98 percent. Nance offers a solution.

Nance

"Talk to families who have children with Down syndrome or other family members with Down syndrome," she tells OneNewsNow. "They recognize that these are essential parts of their family and that they bring their own love and importance to that family."

She also challenges the statement that Iceland is close to eliminating Down syndrome. "Iceland is not eradicating Down syndrome," says Nance. "They're destroying babies with Down syndrome."

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What does Pinterest's banning of a pro-life group tell you about that social media platform?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Trump threatens to deport millions of illegals beginning next week
New York state OKs licenses for illegals
US sending troops to Mideast amid Gulf tensions over Iran
  Survey shows continued decline in giving to religious groups
Facebook plans its own currency for 2 billion-plus users
  Virginia Dems refuse hearing for sexual assault allegations

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Driver's license trick to result in seizing your guns?
Campus food service worker hit with bias complaint after saying ‘hello’ to student in Japanese
TUCKER CARLSON: How libs turned California into disgusting pit of poverty
Did your child return from college a better person?
Harvard demonstrates once again that post-Christian America is post-forgiveness America

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
CA begrudgingly OKs abortion reversal pill

doctor writing prescriptionA state nursing board has given additional credibility to the abortion pill reversal regimen.