A geneticist in Iceland announced with exultation, “My understanding is that we have basically eradicated Down syndrome from our society. There is hardly ever a child with Down syndrome in Iceland anymore.”
A breakthrough genetic cure? Hardly! They accomplished it by eugenics–the killing of unwanted babies by abortion. Nearly 100% of pregnant mothers in Iceland carrying a baby with Down syndrome are advised by doctors to choose abortion–and they do. Some other countries are not far behind: 90% in the United Kingdom, and 67% in the United States.
God’s Word gives value to all human life as being “created in the image of God” (Genesis 1:26-27). Does that include those with disabilities and the unborn? When Moses said he was “slow of speech,” God responded: “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him dumb or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?” (Exodus 4:10-11). Experience has shown that God often uses Down syndrome children to be a special blessing to families who welcome them with the same dignity and worth as anyone else. (See also Jeremiah 1:5 and Psalm 139:13.)
Who will be the next category of people to be eliminated because they are inconvenient or a burden to society?
Source: Answers Magazine (January-February, 2018 or Vol. 13, No. 1), “Eliminating Down Syndrome,” Bible & Culture News (no author), p. 46.