Saturday, 6 June 2015

No to Public Health Policy, not decided by the Public

Public Health screening with the express intent to remove people with Down syndrome from the population is divisive and a disproportionate response to both actual potential quality of life and exaggerates health problems.

We are on the cusp of both non-invasive testing and the potential for testing for many other chromosomal and genetic disorders - there needs to be an open public debate about what these disorders really mean for those who have them.

Given that stereotypes and stigma often surround people with Down syndrome then this needs to be addressed not with imagery but by providing information to the public and expose people with DS as just being just as different and human as anyone else.

At no point should this be used to threaten a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion.

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