The Anti-Life Culture Of This Country Will Shock You — And The U.S. Is Not Far Behind

Abortion is the holocaust of our time, with babies legally killed by their mothers for reasons of inconvenience.

Many women worldwide also decide to terminate a pregnancy if they find there is a possibility of a genetic abnormality or condition, falsely thinking it is for the good of the child.

The fact that abortion is legal around the globe is tragic, disturbing, and immoral — but one country is taking it to a much more sinister level.

American news outlets reported this week on the “eradication” of the chromosomal disorder Down Syndrome in Iceland.

But this is not a medical advancement in which a disease has been cured for the benefit of society.

Iceland, instead, is simply killing all unborn children with the disorder through abortion, in a widespread effort to terminate an entire group of human beings they believe are inferior.

CBS News reported:

Iceland is on pace to virtually eliminate Down Syndrome through abortion.

With the rise of prenatal screening tests across Europe and the United States, the number of babies born with Down syndrome has significantly decreased, but few countries have come as close to eradicating Down syndrome births as Iceland.

Since prenatal screening tests were introduced in Iceland in the early 2000s, the vast majority of women — close to 100 percent — who received a positive test for Down syndrome terminated their pregnancy.

The numbers are staggering — nearly every unborn child who tests positive for the disorder, or within the parameters of the disorder being possible, are terminated.

On average, only two children per year are born with Down Syndrome in Iceland –compared to over 6,000 annually in the U.S. — and it is thought there would be none if genetic testing was 100 percent accurate. But even with the advances made in testing, this test continues to yield false positives.

National Review reported on this unbelievable statistic:

One might be forgiven for assuming that Iceland has developed an innovative treatment for the chromosomal disorder. It turns out Iceland’s solution is much simpler, and much more sinister: using prenatal testing and abortion to systematically exterminate children with Down syndrome.

This isn’t progress; it’s eugenics.

And more shocking still is the cultural idea pervading Iceland that somehow killing these unborn children is for their own benefit.

Many parents feel the child would suffer if forced to go through life with a genetic or chromosomal disorder.

The stigma of having a child born with Down Syndrome in Iceland is deeply rooted in the culture.  One Icelandic hospital counselor states what has become the common, accepted view of these children in their culture, telling CBS News:

“In America, I think some people would be confused about people calling this ‘our child,’ saying a prayer or saying goodbye or having a priest come in — because to them abortion is murder.”

“We don’t look at abortion as a murder. 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.”

The Icelandic people tend to believe these children are less than human, and better off dead.

That type of cultural brainwashing could not be further from the truth.

The National Down Syndrome Society reported on the real truth about this disorder — that children with Down Syndrome can and do lead productive and happy lives, and with modern medicine, can live to almost the same life expectancy as other healthy adults.  According to their website:

  • People with Down syndrome attend school, work, participate in decisions that affect them, have meaningful relationships, vote and contribute to society in many wonderful ways.
  • All people with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, but the effect is usually mild to moderate and is not indicative of the many strengths and talents that each individual possesses.
  • Quality educational programs, a stimulating home environment, good health care and positive support from family, friends and the community enable people with Down syndrome to lead fulfilling and productive lives.

The depraved idea that these children do not deserve the same chance as any other human being is spreading throughout Europe, and growing in the United States.

Other European countries range from 80-98 percent termination rates for unborn infants being flagged for Down Syndrome, with the U.S. coming up quickly behind with a 67-90 percent abortion rate of unborn children flagged with the disorder.

National Review continued:

Iceland isn’t “eliminating Down syndrome” at all. It’s eliminating people. The callous tone makes selective abortion sound like a technological innovation rather than what it really is: the intentional targeting of “unfit” persons for total elimination.

What kind of culture does it require to foster such a mindset, to foster a society in which nearly every mother of a Down Syndrome child chooses to abort? Iceland is at the high end of the spectrum in this regard — and was one of the first countries to normalize widespread prenatal testing, in an effort to identify fetal abnormalities and eliminate them through abortion — but it is far from alone.

Adding more tragedy to the evils practiced in Iceland is the fact that abortion is legal after 16 weeks of pregnancy if the child tests positive for any genetic disorder, among them Down Syndrome.

Iceland, as well as other countries, seem to believe they are offering “healthcare” options to expectant mothers with genetic testing — and women are often pressured to both submit to the testing, and pursue abortion if an issue is discovered.

It is commonly understood in Iceland that a baby with Down Syndrome will not be carried to term, and by offering abortion instead of working on medical advancements for children born with the disorder, the country promotes its culture of death and saves government funds at the same time.

American actress and pro-life advocate Patricia Heaton blasted CBS and other news organizations this week for headlines making it sound like Iceland’s policies are a benefit to society.

“Iceland isn’t actually eliminating Down syndrome,” the pro-life star of ABC’s The Middletweeted in response [to the CBS story]. “They’re just killing everybody that has it. Big difference.”

Heaton has taken heat in liberal Hollywood for her pro-life stance and should be applauded for stepping up to defend against this barbarous policy of eugenics.

The President and CEO of Concerned Women for America — the largest women’s public policy organization in the United States — backed Heaton’s comments on Iceland.

Breitbart News reported the comments of Penny Nance:

Iceland sounds like they are proud of the fact that they’ve killed nearly all unborn babies that had an in-utero diagnosis of Down syndrome. This is not a medical advancement. This is eugenics and barbarianism at best. These individuals have no less worth than anyone else. What is the next headline going to be? That a certain country has eradicated all females. Oh wait, China has already been down that road. There is no limit to this train of thought of devaluing human life.

This is a horrifying slippery slope.  With abortion rates skyrocketing all over the world, we will see the value of human life continue to disintegrate as other countries decide that an entire group of human beings should be murdered to create a “perfect” race.

The situation in Iceland is reminiscent of Nazi extermination of Jews during World War II.

If we do not stand up and protect life in all its forms, we may be facing the extermination of other groups of human beings born with any number of genetic disorders or disabilities in a modern holocaust of epic proportions.

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