gen·o·cide ˈjenəˌsīd/ noun — the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular genetic/ethnic group
There you have it. A definition of genocide. A term that is frequently used today to describes the horrors of the Jewish Holocaust and the Armenian genocide. But few will apply this word to a group of people who is slowly being exterminated from the face of the Earth on the basis of their genetic makeup: trisomy 21 or Down’s syndrome.
In a Western country if a baby has Down’s features on ultrasound, there is a high likelihood the baby will be aborted. That is very similar to eugenics practice which is an attempt to control which genotypes and characteristics get passed on to future generations.
In some countries, this has become extreme. It is reported that the Down’s abortion rate in the Netherlands is as high as 94%. In Denmark it is 98%, while in Iceland 100% of babies with Down’s syndrome are exterminated via abortion. High percentages have been assumed in the US as well, but in 2015 a major study puts the rate closer to 50%.
Imagine if babies were systematically aborted for other reasons like deafness, blindness, diabetes etc! Or worse yet, infants with Down’s syndrome were euthanized as soon as they are born! Abortion activists will say that is different because the baby is now born and living independently outside of her mom, as if passage through the birth canal is what gives the baby personhood or life. In fact, some abortion activists support postpartum abortion, the killing of infants after they are born. Let that sink in and send a chill down your spine.
If western society is so quick to systematically abort Down’s syndrome babies, what would happen if we had a prenatal test for type I diabetes? Or low IQ? Or psychiatric disorders? How many more children will not see the light of day?
A society that has lost respect for life will soon find itself dying a slow death. Oh wait, that already is happening in Western Europe where fertility rates are so low (around 1 child/mother in some places) that its population will decline precipitously in the next couple of generations.
Down’s genocide needs to be coined as a term and used in sociological circles in the hopes society will realize that many of these people can live rich, wonderful and fulfilling lives. We need to realize that our constitutional rights are not our most basic rights.
Our most basic right is the right to life.