Iceland Aborts Over 99% of Down Syndrome Population

By St. Joseph County Right to Life | October 16, 2017, 12:22pm

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — This week, CBS News reported striking headlines boasting that Iceland's population of individuals with Down syndrome has almost disappeared. In reality, as pro-life actress, activist, and feminist, Patricia Heaton, responded over social media, "Iceland isn't actually eliminating Down syndrome. They're just killing everybody that has it. Big difference." 

Live Action News reports that the decline in population of individuals with Down syndrome is being hailed as a medical advancement based on the widespread increase in availability of prenatal genetic testing since the early 2000s. This presents deep irony, considering that nearly 100% of individuals testing positive for Down syndrome are being aborted in Iceland, based on a test that is only 85% accurate. Although some women opt out of testing, Iceland sees only about 2-3 cases of Down syndrome each year, compared to 6,000 born each year in the U.S. (which has an estimated 67% abortion rate of individuals with Down syndrome). 

In response to this tragedy, stories are pouring out reflecting on the joy and fullness of life that those with Down syndrome so often experience, as opposed to a life of suffering. However, as Live Action President Lila Rose expresses, even if an individual has a disability that involves suffering of any sort, his or her life still has infinite worth and deserves to be treated with utmost care and compassion.   

You can read Live Action's full analysis here.