take-my-hand-not-my-life[Bioethicists] Giubilini and Minerva [the same authors of a paper last year supporting infanticide for Down syndrome] are expressing surprise that the Down syndrome community opposes their agenda of eugenics and infanticide….

They would like to dismiss anyone who disagrees with their conclusions as being irrational because we don’t appreciate the opportunities of what they promote. Well, that is all very elitist and pompous, but… [w]hat opportunities of freedom and well-being do they promote that we don’t appreciate?

That it should be permissible to kill new born babies who have Down syndrome….

And there is a problem, because the non-academics don’t agree.

And there is another problem. The Down syndrome community isn’t lying down and been rolled over.

And we can’t be readily dismissed as being irrational.

And the solution? [They] want to change the way they promote this wonderful opportunity that we were denied to kill our babies after they were born….

… [T]here is a serious disconnection between this academic nonsense and the reality of what it means to be human and to recognise the dignity of all human life… the founding principle of human rights, one that Giubilini and Minerva are trying to redefine….

Unconditional love… compassion… acceptance… dignity….

All of those human terms would be a fresh change for the language of the bioethicist who sees those with Down syndrome as “burdens”, “disadvantages” and worthy targets for infanticide.

All based in their own ignorance, fear and academic theory, as opposed to the actual lived experience of our wonderful community.

~ Saving Downs, April 19

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