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The Atlantic

By Patrick Van Roy On November 30th, 2020

Recently, The Atlantic published an article, “The Last Children of Down Syndrome,” by Sarah Zhang, in which she explores the effects of prenatal testing in Demark. Denmark is among many Nordic countries that provide taxpayer-paid prenatal testing for Down Syndrome and other genetic anomalies. In Denmark, more than 95 percent of those who receive a DS diagnosis choose to abort their child. In 2019, only 18 children with Down Syndrome were born in the entire country.

While Zhang claims to present readers what she calls an “emotional ground truth” by giving pros and cons to the DS abortion debate and “humanizing” all choices, her real underlying goals are clear: to give her readers the justification for modern-day eugenics and to dismantle society’s natural aversion to selective breeding.

8 Responses to “The Atlantic”

  1. WE’ve been here before, and the facts are still as they were:

    http://www.atangledweb.org/?p=70056

    Allan@Aberdeen, on August 15th, 2017 at 6:47 PM Said:

    Something absolutely bizarre goes on in the minds of these leftists. Whilst they wish abortion of babies with Down’s Syndrome, they want to import into their countries immigrants who perform less well than adults with Down’s Syndrome. Let’s check that statement as I’m sure that the usuals will be upset:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Down_syndrome

    Most individuals with Down syndrome have mild (IQ: 50–69) or moderate (IQ: 35–50) intellectual disability with some cases having severe (IQ: 20–35) difficulties.[1][30] Those with mosaic Down syndrome typically have IQ scores 10–30 points higher.[31]

    and the imported from Ethiopia:

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/nov/05/highereducation.research

    The London School of Economics is embroiled in a row over academic freedom after one of its lecturers published a paper alleging that African states were poor and suffered chronic ill-health because their populations were less intelligent than people in richer countries.

    Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist, is now accused of reviving the politics of eugenics by publishing the research which concludes that low IQ levels, rather than poverty and disease, are the reason why life expectancy is low and infant mortality high. His paper, published in the British Journal of Health Psychology, compares IQ scores with indicators of ill health in 126 countries and claims that nations at the top of the ill health league also have the lowest intelligence ratings.

    Kanazawa declined to comment on either War on Want or Atkinson’s allegations about reviving eugenics because, he said, other academics had come up with the national IQ scores that underpinned his analysis of 126 countries. In the paper he cites Ethiopia’s national IQ of 63, the world’s lowest, and the fact that men and women are only expected to live until their mid-40s as an example of his finding that intelligence is the main determinant of someone’s health.

    We know that those affected by Down’s Syndrome have genetic problems, yet inbreds from Pakistan consume 30% of the UK’s budget for such conditions – and the ‘liberals’ really do love pakis.

    How about employment as ameasure of usefulness?

    https://www.ft.com/content/022de0a4-54f4-11e7-9fed-c19e2700005f

    June 22, 2017

    by: Guy Chazan in Hamburg

    Up to three quarters of Germany’s refugees will still be unemployed in five years’ time, according to a government minister, in a stark admission of the challenges the country faces in integrating its huge migrant population.

    Aydan Özoğuz, commissioner for immigration, refugees and integration, told the Financial Times that only a quarter to a third of the newcomers would enter the labour market over the next five years, and “for many others we will need up to 10”.

    whereas…..

    In adulthood about 20% (of Down’s adults) in the United States do paid work in some capacity

    The criminality of DS adults is non-existant so they are a lesser drain on society that immigrants. My advice to parents expecting a DS child is to think seriously about the challenges and to support the expulsion of ‘immigrants’ as that would free up public funds to support our own.

  2. Puppies arent just for Christmas.

  3. what’s that supposed to mean Reg?

  4. IIRC Pat, Reg has a DS child.

    I suspect he’s commenting on the fickleness of some people.

  5. Yes. Commenting on the disposability of precious children when they are inconvenient.

    There is currently no way to eliminate Down Syndrome…just to eliminate Down Syndrome children.

  6. just wanted a clarification on your comment….. I knew you weren’t calling DS Children puppies…….

  7. I disagree that a fetus is a ‘precious child’ Reg and will always defend the right to choose, but I take on your wider point.

  8. Someone wants a puppy for Christmas but, on the day, finds out it’s a mongrel (mongol?) and is very disappointed. They want to send it back to the Pound, but cant…so they put it in a sack and fuck it in the lake.

    Afterwards they have this feeling they might have done something wrong.