ARLINGTON, VA (August 17, 2017) – Statement from Lila Rose, president and founder of national pro-life organization Live Action, on Iceland’s so-called “eradication” of Down syndrome by killing nearly every preborn child diagnosed with the disorder:
“Some are celebrating Iceland as having ‘eradicated’ Down syndrome. But let’s be clear: this isn’t eradicating this disorder. This is no medical breakthrough. This is genocide. Down syndrome still exists. They are just killing all the preborn children who have it.
“This lethal discrimination against children with disabilities is prevalent across Europe, with 90 percent of babies in Britain diagnosed with Down syndrome killed before birth and with Denmark expected to be ‘Down syndrome-free’ by 2030. The United States is not far behind, where the vast majority of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted.
“What message does this send to anyone alive today with a disability? ‘If we could have, we would have killed you when we had the chance, because we judged that your life wasn’t worth living’?
“Most people with Down syndrome can live full, healthy lives. But even if they couldn’t, killing an innocent child is never right. It’s always a violation of their fundamental and first human right – life. Children with Down syndrome deserve to be loved, protected, and celebrated – not eliminated.”