Tragic News out of Iceland about Down Syndrome

Category: Blog
By: Bethany Peck
Posted on: August 25, 2017

Tragic News out of Iceland about Down Syndrome


Did you see the CBS news segment on Iceland “eliminating” Down Syndrome?

The sad truth of the matter is that Iceland is not preventing or eradicating anything but rather terminating nearly 100% of their babies who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome.

We took to social media immediately to share the message that every life is a gift, and that the elimination of individuals with Down Syndrome is sickening and a form of eugenics.

Yesterday, our March for Life President Jeanne Mancini had an opinion editorial published in the Washington Post on this story. In it, Jeanne discusses the inherent dignity and value of every individual, including those with Down Syndrome.

>>> People with Down syndrome are happy. Why are we trying to eliminate them

Sadly, Iceland is not alone but is rather leading a world-wide trend. Babies who receive a positive Down Syndrome prenatal test in the United States are terminated 85% of the time.

Earlier this week, Jeanne also had the opportunity to discuss this issue and how to work towards a culture for life with Liz Wheeler on OAN News. (Click the image to watch the brief video.)

Thankfully, there are many groups and organizations that are working to support individuals and families of children with Down Syndrome. We are working to showcase such wonderful resources this week through the media – check them out HERE!

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