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  • Pregnant Couples Defend Aborting Babies With Down Syndrome: “Loving Kids Like That is a Waste”

    08/26/2014 5:41:51 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 30 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/25/14 | Sarah Terzo
    Washington, DC (LiveActionNews) — By now, most pro-lifers have heard the cruel and elitist comments made by Richard Dawkins about aborting Down syndrome babies. Dawkins claims that the “ethical” choice is to abort all babies with Down syndrome, even though these children often lead happy lives and enrich their families and society.An NBC article by Kimbery Hayes Taylor describes the results of 3 studies conducted by Boston Children’s Hospital. In the first study, out of 2,044 parents or guardians surveyed, 79% reported their outlook on life was “more positive” because of their child with Down syndrome.A second study found that...
  • Pregnant couples who plan to abort Down syndrome babies defend their choice

    08/25/2014 7:37:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    Live Action ^ | Sarah Terzo
    By now, most pro-lifers have heard the cruel and elitist comments made by Richard Dawkins about aborting Down syndrome babies. Dawkins claims that the “ethical” choice is to abort all babies with Down syndrome, even though these children often lead happy lives and enrich their families and society. An NBC article by Kimbery Hayes Taylor describes the results of 3 studies conducted by Boston Children’s Hospital. In the first study, out of 2,044 parents or guardians surveyed, 79% reported their outlook on life was “more positive” because of their child with Down syndrome. A second study found that among siblings...
  • Richard Dawkins Doubles Down: “Moral and Sensible Choice” is to Abort Babies With Down Syndrome

    08/21/2014 8:32:35 AM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Richards Dawkins is doubling down on his controversial comments yesterday suggesting that parents of babies with Down Syndrome should “abort them and try again.” Today, Dawkins says aborting babies with Down syndrome is the “moral and sensible” choice. In a newly-released column responding to the firestorm of criticism Dawkins has faced, he doubles down on his claim that special needs babies should become victims of abortion. Description=Richard Dawkins Photograph: Jeremy Young 05-12-2006Dawkins starts his column complaining about how people on twitter discovered his tweets promoting abortion. Then, he launches into a new defense of his pro-abortion thesis. “For what it’s...
  • School Apologizes for Making Special Needs Kids Sort Trash

    08/21/2014 8:11:13 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/21/14 | Steven Ertelt
    On the heels of the controversy over Richard Dawkins’ comments saying that parents of unborn babies who are found to have Down syndrome should abort them comes this. This kind of story shows the bias and discrimination people with special needs face in our society.If they are lucky enough to survive an abortion beforehand, kids with Down syndrome and other special needs children then face a culture that relegates them to second-tier status as somehow less than perfectly human. As a pro-life movement, we must change the culture before and after birth.From the report: A Southern California school district has...
  • Richard Dawkins gets owned by parents of kids who have Down syndrome [pics]

    08/21/2014 7:29:42 AM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    twitchy ^ | staff
    In order to debate with compassion, empathy and humility you first must have compassion, empathy and humility. It’s becoming increasingly clear Dawkins possesses none of these qualities.
  • Richard Dawkins: choosing NOT to abort baby with Down syndrome is ‘immoral’

    08/20/2014 1:15:30 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 80 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/20/14 | Dustin Siggins
    In a bizarre rant on Twitter earlier today, atheist Richard Dawkins wrote that choosing not to abort a child with Down Syndrome would be "immoral." The conversation started when Dawkins tweeted that "Ireland is a civilised country except in this 1 area." The area was abortion, which until last year was illegal in all cases. A Twitter user then asked Dawkins if "994 human beings with Down's Syndrome [having been] deliberately killed before birth in England and Wales in 2012" was "civilised." Dawkins replied "yes, it is very civilised. These are fetuses, diagnosed before they have human feelings." Apparently I'm...
  • Couple who abandoned surrogate baby with Down’s: we wanted refund, abortion

    08/12/2014 6:38:36 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 21 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/11/14 | John Jalsevac
    'I don't think any parent wants a son with a disability,' David Farnell told 60 Minutes, with his wife Wendy sitting at his side. The Australian couple accused of abandoning their surrogate son in Thailand after he was born with Down syndrome have admitted that they would have preferred that the baby would have been aborted. "If it would have been safe for the embryo to have been terminated, we probably would have terminated it," David Farnell told 60 Minutes in an extensive interview this weekend. "I don't think any parent wants a son with a disability," he added, his...
  • Father of abandoned Down’s baby is convicted child sex offender

    08/06/2014 12:13:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    the times asia ^ | Bernard Lagan
    An Australian man at the centre of an international surrogacy row after he allegedly abandoned his severely ill infant son in Thailand has multiple convictions for child sex offences, it has emerged.
  • 'I'll take the dumb baby': Surrogacy agent claims birth mum said she'd..........

    08/06/2014 11:49:36 AM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    mail online ^ | Sarah Dean and Daniel Piotrowski and Sarah Michael
    FULL TITLE: 'I'll take the dumb baby': Surrogacy agent claims birth mum said she'd take care of Gammy BEFORE Australian parents took home his healthy twin, as documents reveal his father was convicted of 22 child sex offences he Thai surrogate mother of a Down's Syndrome boy abandoned by his Australian parents agreed to take care of the baby after his disability prompted confusion about the surrogacy agreement, the agent who brokered the deal claims. Thai agent Kamonthip Musikawong's comments came as Thai police raided the surrogacy clinic linked to the baby Gammy ordeal. Ms Kamonthip, who acted as the...
  • Australian couple abandons surrogate twin with Down syndrome, keeps healthy sister

    08/05/2014 5:35:13 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 16 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/4/14 | John Jalsevac
    Strangers around the world are rallying around a Thai woman who has vowed to take care of the newborn boy she carried as a surrogate mother, after she says he was abandoned by his biological parents when he was diganosed with Down syndrome. According to the surrogate mother the now seven-months-old baby, Gammy, was only born alive after she refused the Australian biological parents’ request that she abort him late in the pregnancy. Meanwhile the unidentified Australian couple have reportedly taken the boy’s twin sister, who was born healthy, back with them to their home country. “I felt sorry...
  • Thai surrogate mother refused to abort Down Syndrome baby

    08/04/2014 5:43:46 AM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    ucanews ^ | Juarawee Kittsilpa
    A Thai surrogate mother left with one twin by his Australian biological parents after the child was born with Down Syndrome said on Sunday she was not informed of his condition until late in her pregnancy. Pattaramon Janbua said her doctors, the surrogacy agency and the baby's parents knew he was disabled at four months but did not inform her until the seventh month when the agency asked her - at the parents' request - to abort the disabled fetus. Pattaramon, 21, told Reuters Television she refused the abortion on religious grounds and carried both him and his twin sister...
  • Australian couple 'leave [their] disabled baby with Thai surrogate'

    08/01/2014 12:35:17 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 31 replies
    Well-wishers on Friday had raised nearly $100,000 for a baby reportedly left with his surrogate Thai mother after his Australian parents discovered he had Down's Syndrome and returned home with his healthy twin sister.
  • 90% of Babies Diagnosed With Down Syndrome Are Aborted, One Abortion Activist Wants More

    07/30/2014 2:18:38 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 21 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/30/14 | Cassy Fiano
    Washington, DC (LiveAction) — Earlier this week, Live Action News writer Sarah Terzo wrote an article detailing the abhorrent treatment that many new parents receive from the medical industry after they are told of a positive diagnosis of Down syndrome. The stories are heartbreaking — unless, of course, you’re a pro-abortion extremist who would rather see all babies with Down syndrome killed off as soon as possible, please.The pro-abortion Chelsea Hoffman responded to Terzo’s piece by denying that such abysmal treatment happens all that regularly, and argues against giving women accurate information about Down syndrome. The folks at Live Action...
  • How Sarah Palin could change the media, and why she won’t

    07/29/2014 6:46:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post's Act Four ^ | July 29, 2014 | Alyssa Rosenberg
    I do not care very much about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s waning influence on American political life. But I confess an ongoing fascination with Palin as a media phenomenon. As she vacillates between the Fox News stints that keep her political clout alive and the reality television gigs that seem like a more natural fit for her talents, I always wonder whether this is the moment that she will commit to a single path. The debut of the Sarah Palin Channel, a subscription-based multimedia site that Palin and her team launched yesterday, is a disappointing combination of these muddled...
  • Doctors respond to parents of Down syndrome newborns with cruelty and callousness

    07/24/2014 1:20:20 PM PDT · by Morgana · 137 replies
    Live Action ^ | Sarah Terzo
    LifeNews recently published an article by Mark Leach about what happened when his baby was born with Down syndrome. Leach describes how he and his wife felt abandoned by the medical establishment and how the hospital gave them outdated and scant information about Down syndrome. In response to his experience, and the experiences of many other Down syndrome parents, he has become the bioethics specialist at the National Center for Prenatal & Postnatal Down Syndrome Resources, and works to get positive, life-affirming information into the hands of new Down syndrome parents and those who go through prenatal testing for Down...
  • AP Exclusive: Disabled often banned from voting

    07/10/2014 11:09:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 10, 2014 10:12 AM EDT | Michael R. Blood
    At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation’s largest county. A Voting Rights Act complaint to be filed Thursday with the U.S. Justice Department goes to a politically delicate subject that states have grappled with over the years: Where is the line to disqualify someone from the voting booth because of a cognitive or developmental impairment? The complaint by the Disability and Abuse Project...
  • Down Syndrome Diagnosis is Often a Death Sentence for Unborn Children

    05/30/2014 6:00:18 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies
    Life News ^ | 5/29/14 | Marie-Celine Farver
    There is a certain inborn genetic condition for which this country heavily promotes the death penalty.Supreme Court Justices defend and uphold the right of the mothers of such victims to exercise the death penalty for their children. Where, I ask, are the lawyers to defend their right to live?These persons destined for the death penalty are not your typical occupants of death row: mass-murderers, serial killers, child molesters, rapists, and kidnappers. No, these are tiny, unborn children who earned their place on death row by being bestowed a third chromosome #21. ThatÂ’s all. Unlike the usual occupants of death row,...
  • Down Syndrome Babies—HERE TO TEACH US TENDERNESS

    05/13/2014 7:04:24 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 6 replies
    Presentation Parish (Sacramento, CA) Right To Life ^ | May 11, 2014 | Charles O'Connell
    Down Syndrome Babies—HERE TO TEACH US TENDERNESS We snuff out their tiny, prophetic voices at our own peril. They are possibly the last barrier against a society-wide breakdown into generalized violence. Fr. Mitch Pacwa, speaking [5/10/14] to Presentation Parish, Sacramento, “On Redemptive Suffering”, remarked that “Down Syndrome babies are here to teach us tenderness”. Societies that protect the most innocent are moving towards greater compassion. But young people in America today know that they may have brothers and sisters who were killed before they were ever born, and that it could have been them. How does that knowledge affect their...
  • A Cruel Internet Bully Called This Boy With Down Syndrome Ugly, His Mom’s Reaction is Priceless

    04/22/2014 3:24:25 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    For children growing up, there is little that cuts to the emotional core like a bully calling them “ugly.” It’s a crass attack that usually reveals more about the insecurities of the bully than the beauty of the child being bullied. But it leaves a lasting impression for young children. Self-esteem issues, the loss of self-worth and a degradation of the beauty God gave each unique human being he created. Overall, it’s a loss of the celebration of the beauty of life. quinnAlthough he’s not pro-life on abortion, Jon Bon Jovi’s lyrics to the song “Ugly” are a good reminder...
  • Only 5.3 Percent of Unborn Babies Diagnosed With Down Syndrome Escape Abortion

    03/28/2014 3:12:20 PM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Nancy Flanders
    Washington DC (LiveActionNews) — In Australia, much like the United States, only 5.3% of people diagnosed in the womb with Down syndrome are actually born. About 95% of people with Down syndrome are never given the chance to live their lives. That means 95% of parents who receive such a diagnosis for their child have given in to their fears and now live everyday with the pain of having ended their child’s life. News.com.au asks, “Is this the beginning of the end for Down syndrome?” And it very well could be. In the article, which first appeared in QWeekend Magazine,...
  • Down Syndrome Researcher’s Sainthood Cause a 'Witness to Life'

    03/24/2014 6:06:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/21/14 | Adelaide Mena
    Washington D.C., Mar 21, 2014 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The life of Dr. Jérôme Lejeune, a French researcher who discovered the genetic cause of Down syndrome, is an example of faith, respect for the dignity of all human life, and search for truth in science, say those who work to spread his legacy. "The example of Jerome Lejeune is a man who serves as a witness in contemporary time for challenges that we all face," said Mark Bradford, president of the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation USA, in a March 18 interview with CNA. As he has learned more about Lejeune,...
  • Rep. Kathy Tyler testimony for abortions called into question

    03/13/2014 5:46:58 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Live Action News ^ | Cassy Fiano
    Last year, North Dakota became the first state to ban the abortion of babies with Down syndrome. It was a small but important step in protecting the lives of those with disabilities, who are often the most vulnerable among us. Unborn children prenatally diagnosed with a disability are, without question, the most helpless and endangered human beings among us. So the fact that North Dakota state lawmakers stood up in defense of these unborn children is more than just laudable. It’s incredible, and more states should follow suit. Their neighbor to the south is trying to do just that. The...
  • Mother poisons baby....admits to killing son who had Downs syndrome...

    03/13/2014 5:29:21 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    MAIL ONLINE ^ | Joshua Gardner
    FULL TITLE: Mother poisons baby with HAND SANITIZER to 'end his suffering': 20-year-old admits to killing son who had Downs syndrome...and she'd tried it before with PERFUME A 20-year-old Lousiana mother confessed to police Tuesday to killing her ill 17-month-old son by injecting his feeding tube with Germ-X brand hand sanitizer. Erika Wigstrom told police she did it to 'end his suffering,' after the boy was born with Down's syndrome and a serious heart defect. The boy's father Cesar Ruiz, 20, is already behind bars after a similar attempt to kill the baby in October 2012 in which rum was...
  • Sept 2011: Five ft tall man with Down Syndrome beaten by Police-bulge in pants:Colostomy Bag

    02/25/2014 9:32:06 PM PST · by Altariel · 143 replies
    SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLORIDA - All Gilberto Powell, 22, a five foot tall man with Down Syndrome, wanted to do was walk a half block home from a friend's house, but this was enough time and distance for the police to intervene. Police "followed" Powell because they noticed a "bulge in his pants." He was not happy to see the cops; this was only his colostomy bag (which police ripped from his body). Powell was then beaten down in the street by police, leaving him bruised and battered from blows to the face. The beating officer insisted Powell ran, but Powell...
  • Restaurant Owner With Down Syndrome Captures The American Dream

    01/19/2014 4:14:50 PM PST · by Conservative Beacon · 19 replies
    The Foundry ^ | January 8, 2014 | Ericka Anderson
    You might not expect a child with Down syndrome to grow up and become a small-business owner — but that’s exactly what Tim Harris did. From the time he was 14 years old, his parents say, Harris was determined to own a restaurant. His dream came true several years ago when his father helped him get it off the ground. Today, “Tim’s Place” is thriving in the business of “breakfast, lunch and hugs.” The “Tim’s Place” website offers a famous quote from Walt Disney to explain the driving force behind his dream: “If you can dream it, you can do...
  • Albert Lea Wrestler's Selfless Act Gives Opponent First Win (MN)

    01/16/2014 4:04:46 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 1/16/14 | KSTP.com/KAAL
    A sophomore wrestler from Albert Lea intentionally lost his match in order to make his opponent's day. "I found out he had down syndrome, and then once I was told that, I knew that I was going to give him the match because I was told he hasn't won a match or anything yet," Ryleigh Bure said. He had his mother Danielle Bure film the match against Kyle, who was down syndrome. Ryleigh said he didn't tell anyone his plan. "Everyone deserves to win. I know what it feels like and he hasn't had a win yet, so I thought...
  • Recent medical advances and Down syndrome: Two perspectives

    01/11/2014 9:47:48 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 10, 2014 | Catherine Harmon
    (Photo courtesy of the Norcia family) This week at CWR we’re featuring two articles on closely related topics: the spread of non-invasive, highly accurate prenatal testing for Down syndrome (and the expected increase in abortion of unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome) and recent advances in the search for improved therapies to treat—and possibly reverse the effects of—the chromosomal disorder. We think the two pieces—both interesting and worthwhile on their own, and particularly illuminating when read together—shed light on different aspects of the complicated subject of how individuals with Down syndrome are viewed and treated by our society today....
  • Looking for Christmas gift ideas for an adult down syndrome new family member.

    12/23/2013 6:05:14 PM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 51 replies
    Me | 12/23/13 | Vanity
    I know it's late but we just heard we will have this guest and any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks And Merry Christmas.
  • The Special Privilege of Being a Parent of a Child With Down Syndrome

    10/04/2013 12:35:43 AM PDT · by kathsua · 3 replies
    LifeNews,com ^ | 10/3/13 | Eileen Haupt
    October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. It is a time when scores of advocacy organizations and individuals across the country do their utmost to raise awareness about this genetic condition. I was thinking about Awareness and how unaware I was about Down syndrome prior to the birth of Sadie, my second daughter, almost 15 years ago. It got me thinking, what are some of the things I would like others to be aware of? In particular, because such a high percentage of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted—estimates run as high as 90%– I thought I’d use this post...
  • Meet the 'biker chick' teen with Down Syndrome whose fashion-forward Facebook...

    10/03/2013 1:47:25 AM PDT · by kathsua · 2 replies
    London Daily Mail ^ | Sep, 19, 2013 | Sadie Whitelocks
    A teenage girl with Down Syndrome has realized her childhood dream of becoming a model. Karrie Brown, 17, from Collinsville, Illinois, was picked to star in a new campaign for the girls' fashion label, Wet Seal after a Facebook photo of her wearing items from the brand attracted public attention. The image, posted to her Fan Page, 'Karrie Brown - Modeling the Future', garnered more than 200 Likes and saw her number of followers rocket to 18,914.
  • Down syndrome reversed in newborn mice with single injection

    09/05/2013 9:54:28 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 38 replies
    ABC ^ | 9/5/2013 | Staff
    US researchers have found a way to reverse Down syndrome in newborn lab mice by injecting an experimental compound that causes the brain to grow normally. The study, published in the Science Translational Medicine journal, offers no direct link to a treatment for humans but scientists are hopeful it may offer a path towards future breakthroughs. There is no cure for Down syndrome, which is caused by the presence of an additional chromosome and results in intellectual disabilities, distinctive facial features and other health problems. The team at Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, in Baltimore, used lab mice that were...
  • Experimental treatment reverses Down syndrome in lab mice

    09/04/2013 7:20:04 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 12 replies
    Xinhua News Agency ^ | 09/05/2013 | Yang Yi
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- U.S. researchers said Wednesday that they have identified a compound that appears to reverse the learning deficits associated with Down syndrome in lab mice. While use of the compound, a small molecule known as a sonic hedgehog pathway agonist, has not been proven safe to try in people with Down syndrome, the researchers said their experiments hold promise for developing drugs like it. Down syndrome is one of the most common chromosomal abnormalities in children, and a leading cause of intellectual disability. It occurs when people have three, rather than the usual two, copies of...
  • Scientists Shut Down Chromosome Responsible for Down Syndrome

    07/17/2013 3:15:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Life News ^ | July 17, 2013 | Steven Ertelt
    Scientists say they have been able to turn off the chromosome responsible for Down Syndrome. This stunning achievement raises the prospect that someday a therapy could be developed to prevent or reverse the disorder.Down Syndrome is a condition that subjects 90 percent of unborn children diagnosed with it to abortion. What if doctors could someday treat unborn children before birth with a drug or therapy that could reverse the disorder? What kind of impact would that have on the incidence of abortion? How would society look if the numbers of people with Down Syndrome took an even more drastic decline?The...
  • Bill Maher Should Be Fired For Making Fun of Child

    07/09/2013 3:08:13 PM PDT · by kathsua · 10 replies
    Lawrence Journal world ^ | July 8, 2013 | Reasonmclucus
    Bill Maher, the court jester of the elite, has gotten in trouble recently because he used the archaic term "retarded" in referring to Sarah Palin's son who has Down Syndrome. There are two issues involved in the incident. The first is the use of the term "retarded" which intelligent people have generally stopped using. The second involves a sick attempt by a mentally bankrupt comic to get a laugh at a child's expense. Anyone who would use a child's handicap as the subject of a joke doesn't belong on television. Maher's critics might consider that those who are within the...
  • High School Bars Student With Down Syndrome From Cheerleading Squad

    06/21/2013 7:10:00 AM PDT · by Morgana · 58 replies
    life news ^ | Katie McCann
    “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” This inspirational statement has been taken to heart by many in disabled communities for its uplifting and liberating spirit. Unfortunately, Marion County’s Elgin High School is not taking it to heart. It is to the school’s great shame that Allison Williams, a fourteen year-old student with Down Syndrome, was barred from its cheerleading squad. Rather than espousing a can-do, positive attitude, Elgin’s non-competitive squad, which doesn’t do tumbling or pyramids, told Alli’s parents that “even with accommodations she would not meet the minimum criteria to be a cheerleader.” Furthermore, even if...
  • Hotel bans kids with Down syndrome

    05/20/2013 6:56:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    breitbart ^ | breitbart
    ALMERIA, Spain, May 20 (UPI) -- A hotel in Spain has come under fire for refusing to let a group of children with Down syndrome stay the night because they "might annoy other guests." Hotel CaboGata Plaza Suites in Almeria refused a reservation for a group of children with Down syndrome who were planning on celebrating the end of their school year, The Local.es reported. The hotel said it would not board the children because "these kinds of people might annoy other guests." Management at the hotel has apologized for the incident, saying it was "a misunderstanding," adding, "In 35...
  • Why Do Some People Hate Those With My Brother's Condition?

    04/04/2013 10:46:57 AM PDT · by kathsua · 15 replies
    Lawrence journal world ^ | April 4, 2013 | Reasonmclucus
    My youngest brother recently died. He was only 55, but because of a genetic defect he began aging more rapidly a few years ago. He went from being the chronologically youngest to the biologically oldest within a few years. He had suffered from bouts with pneumonia the last two winters. Reflecting on my brother's life I cannot understand why some people would hate individuals like my brother so much that they don't think those with Down Syndrome should be allowed to be born. These people are the equivalent of racists because those with Down Syndrome are genetically different from them....
  • “Outlawing Abortion Won’t Help Kids with Down Syndrome,” Killing Them Will?

    04/01/2013 11:08:37 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    life news ^ | John Jansen
    No, this isn’t a cruel April Fools’ Day joke. Today on Motherlode, a parenting blog on the website of the New York Times, a column appeared with the title “Outlawing Abortion Won’t Help Children with Down Syndrome.” At the beginning of the column, we find out that the column’s author, Alison Piepmeier, is herself the mother of a four-year old daughter who has Down syndrome. Despite the fact that Piepmeier calls her daughter “a delight” and says she has been “repeatedly surprised by [her daughter's] curiosity, her individual sense of humor and how much she has accomplished,” she still sees...
  • Grand jury rejects criminal charges in death of Robert Saylor, man with Down syndrome

    03/24/2013 8:51:57 PM PDT · by Altariel · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 22, 2013 | Theresa Vargas
    Less than five miles from the theater where a man with Down syndrome died at the hands of the law enforcement officials he idolized, a grand jury on Friday heard the details of the case and decided that no crime had been committed. “They felt no further investigation was necessary,” Frederick County State’s Attorney J. Charles Smith said at a news conference outside the county’s courthouse. rand jury proceedings are secretive in Maryland, but Smith said that his office presented the jury with 17 witness statements and that three deputies involved in the death — Lt. Scott Jewell, Sgt. Rich...
  • Man with Down's syndrome opens and runs his own restaurant

    03/12/2013 6:20:20 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 18 replies
    This is an amazing story about a man with Down syndrome who has reached the American dream. Since he was a young child, 26-year-old Tim Harris dreamed of having his own restaurant.
  • Robert Saylor, Man With Down Syndrome, Dies of Suffocation While in Police Custody Over Movie

    02/21/2013 9:13:55 PM PST · by Altariel · 61 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | February 19, 2013 | Michael Allen
    Robert Saylor, a 26-year-old man with Down Syndrome, died of suffocation while in the custody of three off-duty sheriff’s deputies last month, according to the ruling of the Baltimore County Medical Examiner’s office (video below).According to WJLA-TV, Saylor liked the movie 'Zero Dark Thirty' and wanted to watch another showing. However, a Regal Cinema employee asked Saylor to leave. When Saylor refused to leave, the employee summoned theater security, which was three off-duty sheriff’s deputies: Lt. Scott Jewell, Sgt. Rich Rochford and Deputy First Class James Harris. The three security guards handcuffed Saylor and threw his face on the ground...
  • UKIP candidate Geoffrey Clark calls for compulsory abortion of babies with Down syndrome

    12/19/2012 2:42:23 PM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    lan ^ | 12.19.2012 | Cassy Fiano
    Geoffrey Clark, who is running for for a seat on the Kent Council as a member of the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP), has called for the compulsory abortion of all babies with Down syndrome, spina bifida, and other birth defects or disabilities. He also advocated for free euthanasia for anyone over the age of 80. Clark posted a “manifesto” on his personal website, which included the following: Consider compulsory abortion when the foetus is detected as having Downs, Spina Bifida, or similar syndrome which, if it is born, will render the child a burden on the state as well as...
  • Student-Athlete with Down Syndrome, Originally Denied Chance to Play, Becomes State Champion

    12/01/2012 2:54:29 PM PST · by lyby · 48 replies
    HLI World Watch ^ | NOVEMBER 28, 2012 | ADAM CASSANDRA
    Student-athlete Eric Dompierre is a state champion football player, winner of Sports Illustrated’s “Underdogs” contest and an all-around inspirational young man. And he has Down syndrome. ----- Eric and his father, Dean, fought for two years trying to convince the MHSAA to create a waiver policy allowing student-athletes with disabilities to play one year past the current maximum age. ----- “I’m very excited,” Eric said after learning that he would be allowed to play football. ----- His football team, the Hematites, went on to win the MHSAA Division 7 state football championship last Friday with a near flawless season record....
  • Teen denied boarding on American Airlines flight because he has Down syndrome, family says

    09/05/2012 6:09:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | September 4, 2012 | Victoria Cavaliere
    A California family says they were kicked off a cross-country American Airlines flight because their 16-year-old son has Down syndrome. Joan and Robert Vanderhorst, of Bakersfield, Calif., said they intend to sue American over the "humiliating" incident at Newark Airport, in which they were told their special needs son posed a "flight risk." "It's defamation," Robert Vanderhorst told the Daily News. "It's a violation of his civil rights and its defamation." Joan Vanderhorst pulled out her cell phone and started recording the incident on Sunday in which Bede is seen quietly playing with his hat and an American Airlines official...
  • Controversial Down's syndrome testing gets Swiss go-ahead

    07/30/2012 10:22:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7.30.2012 | Yahoo
    Switzerland has given the green light for a new prenatal test for Down's syndrome amid controversy over whether this will lead to more abortions, a Swiss newspaper reported Sunday. Testing will be available in the country from mid-August following a decision by Swissmedic, the national agency for therapeutic products, the Neue Zuercher Zeitung am Sonntag reported. The test, developed by life sciences company LifeCodexx, involves screening pregnant women's blood samples for the presence of foetal Down's syndrome, which is also known as trisomy 21. The German-based firm described the procedure, marketed as PrenaTest, as a "risk-free alternative to common invasive...
  • Stand with the 8% – Down Syndrome Babies Who Weren’t Aborted

    05/15/2012 7:59:12 AM PDT · by palin45potus · 23 replies
    Patheos ^ | 5-15-2012 | Bristol Palin
    In the United States, would you believe ninety-two percent of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted before they get a chance to take a breath? When I hear this statistic, it makes me want to burst into tears.  I can’t imagine a world without Trig — he is the best brother!  (Okay, you’re not too bad either, Track!) It’s crazy how in love with Trig we all are. When Tripp is acting up — which he does often! — I sometimes joke with my mom. “Hey, want to trade kids?” I laugh. Willow and I always talk about how...
  • Should eugenics become a “fundamental human right”?

    05/06/2012 10:53:56 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 22 replies
    BioEdge ^ | 5/5/12 | Michael Cook
    Should termination of Down syndrome foetuses be regarded as a fundamental human right? This is an issue which the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is currently pondering. In the case of Krūzmane vs. Latvia, the mother of a girl with Down syndrome alleges that she was denied a screening test for the condition when she was pregnant in 2001. She claims that this test is a necessary element of  “prenatal care” and that access is guaranteed by the fundamental right to respect for private and family life. As often happens, the facts of the case are not completely straightforward. Ms...
  • The gift of serenity - Some less-known facts on Down syndrome

    05/03/2012 6:36:14 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 2, 2012 | George F. Will
    When Jonathan Frederick Will was born 40 years ago — on May 4, 1972, his father’s 31st birthday — the life expectancy for people with Down syndrome was about 20 years. That is understandable. The day after Jon was born, a doctor told Jon’s parents the first question for them was whether they intended to take Jon home from the hospital. Nonplussed, they said they thought that is what parents do with newborns. Not doing so was, however, still considered an acceptable choice for parents who might prefer to institutionalize or put up for adoption children thought to have bleak...
  • A life well-lived, given the chance

    05/03/2012 3:04:38 PM PDT · by rhema · 7 replies
    Mpls. Star Tribune ^ | May 2, 2012 | George Will
    When Jonathan Frederick Will was born 40 years ago -- on May 4, 1972, his father's 31st birthday -- the life expectancy for people with Down syndrome was about 20 years. That is understandable. The day after Jon was born, a doctor told Jon's parents that the first question for them was whether they intended to take Jon home from the hospital. Nonplussed, they said they thought that is what parents do with newborns. Not doing so was, however, still considered an acceptable choice for parents who might prefer to institutionalize or put up for adoption children thought to have...
  • UPDATE: Couple Wins Down Syndrome “Wrongful Birth” Suit

    03/12/2012 5:39:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    LiveActionNews ^ | 3/12/2012 | Cassy Fiano
    Last week, I wrote about two parents who filed a “wrongful birth” suit against their hospital, because their daughter was not prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome. At the time, they didn’t want their names released to the public, because they feared the backlash they might receive over the lawsuit. Well, they’ve won, and Ariel and Deborah Levy are apparently happy to talk to the media now that they’ve been paid off for the hassle of raising their daughter (emphasis mine). A couple who sued a hospital for not telling them their unborn child has Down’s syndrome has been awarded a...