Down Syndrome Community Asks to be Put on ‘Endangered Species’ List

Down Syndrome Community Asks to be Put on ‘Endangered Species’ List

In Iceland, people with Down Syndrome have been virtually wiped out by abortion. In Denmark, people with Down syndrome also face extinction. In the United Kingdom, 90% of parents who discover that their pre-born child has Down syndrome opt to have the baby aborted. In the US, 75% of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. In Canada, it is also close to 90%.

All of this is despite the fact that the vast majority of people with Down syndrome report having an extremely high quality of life, exposing the empty and evil excuses of some abortive parents that abortion is “best for the baby” as the transparent lie that it is. Life expectancy has also gone up steadily: Now, people with Down syndrome generally live to about sixty years old, with some living into their seventies. Their life expectancy post-birth has skyrocketed just as their life expectancy pre-birth plummets.

That is precisely why the Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) is attempting to draw attention to the plight of people with Down syndrome via a daring new campaign, “Endangered syndrome”: They have launched a petition calling for those with Down syndrome to be placed on the "endangered" list, noting that that by the standards of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the Down syndrome community qualifies.

The dwindling Down syndrome community has resulted in dwindling funds for essential community services, the CDSS noted through a video highlighting peopledressed as endangered animals while explaining their plight. Animal welfare groups, the CDSS observed, get 90% more funding than Down syndrome charities across North America, a fact that helped drive their controversial comparison—the video has already been viewed more than a million times.

“We’re not saying that we are a community of animals at all,” CDSS spokesperson Ben Tarr told CTV, “we’re just trying to put a comparison in the world that says when someone gets put on the endangered species list they’re given all the support to help that species thrive and that’s what we want for our kids, for our community, is the ability to thrive. It’s a campaign that’s set around raising awareness; this is a community that doesn’t get a huge amount of attention.”

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