Richard Dawkins replied to a tweet from a woman who said she didn’t know what she would do if she was pregnant with a child with Down Syndrome by recommending that she abort the child as this was the moral thing to do: “Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice”
We provide part of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society’s response to Mr. Dawkins comments:
Thursday, 21 August 2014
The Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) is appalled at comments made by author Richard Dawkins in regards to the morality of having a child with Down syndrome. CDSS works to ensure equitable opportunities for all Canadians with Down syndrome by fostering a climate of understanding and mutual respect for the dignity, worth and equal rights for ALL people.
We believe that the widespread use of genetic screening for the purpose of identification and termination of fetuses with Down syndrome may adversely affect the quality of life for all persons with Down syndrome and threatens the diversity and vitality that people with Down syndrome and other disabilities currently contribute to many Canadian communities.