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    Is Iceland on Track to Eliminate Down Syndrome?

    REYKJAVIK — A new report by CBS is raising concern as it highlights the fact that nearly all women in the Nordic nation of Iceland who receive a Down syndrome diagnosis obtain an abortion—to the point that children with Down syndrome have been nearly eradicated.

    “We don’t look at abortion as a murder,” Helga Sol Olafsdottir of Landspitali University Hospital in Ryekjavik told the outlet. “We look at it as a thing that we ended. We ended a possible life that may have had a huge complication … preventing suffering for the child and for the family.”

    “And I think that is more right than seeing it as a murder. That’s so black and white. Life isn’t black and white. Life is grey,” she asserted.

    In Iceland, an estimated 80 to 85 percent of pregnant women choose to take the Combination Test, which is able to determine whether or not a child in the womb has an extra chromosome or similar abnormality. The number of Down syndrome babies born each year has therefore decreased to only two or three, since the vast majority of preborn children with the condition are aborted.
    When asked if some women experience guilt for killing their child, Olafsdottir replied, “Of course,” but advised that she tells the mothers, “This is your life. You have the right to choose how your life will look like.”

    While Iceland has a nearly 100 percent abortion rate surrounding Downs diagnoses, other nations are not far behind. In Denmark, the rate is 98 percent, and in France, 77 percent of Down syndrome babies never get to have birthday. A reported 67 percent of American women also choose an abortion due to a Down syndrome diagnosis.
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    Nope, they are just killing off babies that they think would have down-syndrome when born.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aristotle
    As to the exposure of children, let there be a law that no deformed child shall live.
    I don't know about abortion, but infanticide by exposure is certainly an old tradition and has been used as a method to fight against birth defects as part of the duties of the Roman pater familias and also among the Hellenic peoples, transformed into a function of the state among the Spartans.

    I think it was Ibn Fadlan or Ibn Rustah (I will try to find the exact quote) who made a note that the Rus (i.e. the Swedish founders of Russia, then named Garðaríki) discarded infants for as little as being female at a time when men were scarce and Vilhelm Grønbech notes that infants were not real people until they had been named by their father.

    A general write-up about Vikings and babies, an interesting and informative read: Babies and Vikings

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    I am 100% pro=eugenics. I just wish this culling would include all products of miscegenation.
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