Cindy on February 2, 2011 at 9:31 am
In early Greece, babies that were unwanted at birth were left outside the city gates to die of exposure. These babies were often girls, and almost always babies with birth defects or malformations. Since then we’d all wager a bet and say that western civilization has advanced further than that, right? Well, I’d say, think again.
Currently there is a new test available for women in the first 10-14 weeks of pregnancy for Trisomy 21, or Down Syndrome. According to the Reproductive Genetics Institute, this early testing “allows for more time for counseling and decision-making by the couple prior to when the woman is “showing”. In addition, pregnancy termination is generally safer in the first trimester of pregnancy, should this be an option for the couple“. Baby Center.com says that that in order “to keep your options open, it’s best to complete your first-trimester screening sooner rather than later“.
So who is dictating which people are acceptable to live amongst society? Ancient Greece? It sure would seem so, they just have a new name. We call them Vogue, People, GQ, and, well, you get the gist. You will be hard pressed to find someone with Down syndrome gracing the covers of any glamor magazine. The trend of keeping only the perfectly formed babies and discarding the ones deemed “unacceptable” hasn’t changed a bit.
It saddens me to think that we haven’t evolved further than this. Science has, but our selfish and vain hearts have not. Just because it doesn’t appear to be as barbaric on the surface doesn’t mean it isn’t. Let’s not fool ourselves.
In the end we all want to be know and be known, love and be loved.
Killing a human being just because they don’t measure up to some made-up standard of acceptable, is just horrifying, plain and simple.
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