Report: Iceland population of people with Down’s syndrome ‘disappearing’
Iceland is on its way to ‘eliminate’ people with Down’s syndrome, a report from CBS News explained, causing uproar in the pro-life community over the high numbers of abortions following prenatal diagnosis of Down’s syndrome.
With only one or two people, on average, born with Down’s syndrome each year, Iceland’s population exemplifies what pro-life leaders say is the tragic reality of an abortion-driven society.
CBS news correspondent Elaine Quijano spoke with Icelandic geneticist Kari Stefansson, the founder of a genetic group named deCODE Genetics, which looks at the people of Iceland’s genomes. He told Quijano, “We have basically eradicated, almost, Down’s syndrome from our society.”
After being asked what it means for Iceland as a “society” that the nearly all women choose abortion after Down’s syndrome diagnosis, Stefansson responded that it is a result of genetic counselling.
“And I don’t think that heavy-handed genetic counseling is desirable,” Stefansson told CBS. “You’re having impact on decisions that are not medical, in a way.”
The head of the Prenatal Diagnosis Unit and Landspitali University Hospital in Iceland, Hulda Hjartardottir, said in her interview with Quijano that by suggesting women get tested for genetic abnormalities, like Down’s syndrome, they could be directing people toward abortion.
Picture: A woman walks along a street in Reykjavik, Iceland. The country is on its way to ‘eliminate’ people with Down’s syndrome, a report from CBS News explained, causing uproar in the pro-life community over the high numbers of abortions following prenatal diagnosis of Down’s syndrome. (CNS photo/Birgir Thor Hardarson, EPA).Tags: CBS, CBS News, Down's syndrome, Elaine Quijano, Hulda Hjartardottir, Iceland, Kari Stefansson