It is Down syndrome awareness month, the month to celebrate Down syndrome and today is World Down Syndrome Day. A lot of people wear odd socks to celebrate. Personally, the thing that puzzles me is that most people who wear mismatched socks to support people with Down syndrome, also support the intentional eradication of people like me.
The thing that upsets me most about celebrating Down Syndrome Day here in the United Kingdom is that nearly all people are pro-abortion, especially if the baby has Down syndrome. The abortion rate for Down syndrome in the UK has remained at 92% since 1989. All of the progress people with Down syndrome have made has not stopped or even lowered the abortion rate.
My question is, who will be celebrating World Down Syndrome day in 50 years when there are better tests to detect and abort babies with Down syndrome?
Particularly, as euthanasia is now becoming a popular idea to be used against people with intellectual disability.
There are groups on social media for example, Future of Down Syndrome run by UK mums that support abortion. When I pointed out the obvious to the admins of FOD I was removed from the group. My post simply stated the obvious truth: if nearly every baby with Down syndrome is aborted how can there be a Future of Down syndrome?
There is no future for my community if most of us are aborted! Instead of aborting us; love, educate and employ us.
This year’s World Down Syndrome Day, do something REAL to support my community. Get to know people with Down syndrome. Speak to your children, family, friends about Down syndrome in a positive way. Pledge to end abortion which is creating a genocide against my community.
Mismatched socks are funny, but true support of my community, real Down syndrome awareness must end the extermination of my future community. Everything else is empty, disingenuous and insincere.
I will be celebrating WDSD this year with a glass of champagne. I will celebrate that I am one of the lucky 8% that was not aborted. I will be celebrating all the love I have in my life and the love I give to my community.
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