A pro-life writer has responded to a Twitter comment that endeavoring to help save Down Syndrome babies from abortion was not a “hill to die on.”
Blogger Niall Gooch was commenting on a report in The Times which revealed that there has been a 30% drop in Down Syndrome births across the UK’s NHS hospitals since a new screening technique was adopted that detects the disability early on.
“If you are pro-choice you own the gradual eradication of people with Down’s Syndrome. I’m sorry if that sounds very blunt but it’s true,” Gooch tweeted, adding that “we are talking about getting rid of individuals here, *not* curing a condition. We are not treating or curing Down’s by seeking out and destroying the carriers.”
But not everyone agreed with Gooch’s position and at least one critic seemingly could not grasp why he would want more Down Syndrome people welcomed into the world. Gooch’s reply was excellent:
After spotting the tweet, evangelist Glen Scrivener also added his voice to those who vow to champion those with disabilities and advocate for their right to life.
“Likewise,” another replied, agreeing with Scrivener’s sentiment. “And me,” another wrote. “Me too.”
Many European countries are effectively eradicating the Down Syndrome population through an increase in selective abortions on account of disability.
As Faithwire previously reported, in Denmark, just a handful of Down Syndrome babies are born each year. In 2016, all but four were aborted, causing one Irish pro-life campaigner, Liz McDermott, to argue that the Nordic country is seeking “to eradicate Down Syndrome by abortion by 2030.”
In Iceland, a similarly grave situation has developed. “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,” CBS noted in a report on the issue.
“We don’t look at abortion as a murder. We look at it as a thing that we ended,” said Icelandic hospital counselor, Helga Sol Olafsdottir. “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.”