A documentary aired on CBS News Monday evening, about a decrease in the number of babies born with Down syndrome in Iceland, has created outrage across social media in the United States, as the method of eliminating the “problem” has been revealed: abortion.
CBS sent out an announcement on Twitter Monday, touting the special broadcast, saying, “Iceland is on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion. #CBSNOA learns more, tonight at 10pm ET/PT.”
An article published on the CBS website notes that since prenatal screening tests were introduced in Iceland in the early 2000s, almost 100 percent of all pregnant women who tested positive for Down syndrome had an abortion.
The screening tests are not mandatory in Iceland, but the government does require that all expectant mothers be notified that it’s available. The report says 80 to 85 percent of pregnant women do take the test. Abortion is legal in Iceland after 16 weeks if a fetus is believed to have a deformity, which also applies to Down syndrome.
While Iceland has an almost 100 percent abortion rate for a positive Down syndrome test, other countries aren’t that far behind either. In fact, the United States has an estimated 67 percent termination rate, according to a 1995-2011 study.
American actress Patricia Heaton, 59, voiced her outrage after seeing the article, tweeting, “Iceland isn’t actually eliminating Down Syndrome. They’re just killing everybody that has it. Big difference.”
— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) August 15, 2017
Other Twitter followers responded with their disgust and outrage, as well, many saying that they had a child or family member who has Down syndrome and couldn’t imagine life without them.
One touching response read: “I’ll never forget the day a Down’s syndrome ‘service user’ lovingly offered prayer for me, the ‘carer.’ We bowed our heads… he prayed, I wept.”
One user sarcastically tweeted, “I wonder if they could use that same cure for cancer and heart disease? Just think how healthy we could be if we were all dead!”
As the sister of a special needs brother, this news makes me very depressed. I am a better person because of my brother. 😞
— Boylanerin (@ErinBoylan) August 15, 2017
Saying they’re eliminating an illness by killing its victims is like curing cancer through euthanasia. #GetRealAboutLife
— Sinisterbabe 📷♕🖌 (@Sinisterbabe) August 15, 2017
— Alesia Gammill (@AlesiaJoG) August 15, 2017
I’ll never forget the day a Down’s syndrome “service user” lovingly offered prayer for me, the “carer”
We bowed our heads
he prayed, I wept.
— Una Discamus (@UnaDiscamus) August 15, 2017
This makes me sad! My son who has Down Syndrome had made me see things different, I can’t imagine my life without him
— Missy Kaupa (@Missykaupa) August 15, 2017
child with it someday. The gene is far more common than the disability & otherwise healthy children are being aborted.
— Stacey Lennox (@ScotsFyre) August 15, 2017
This makes me angry. There are no mistakes and they are precious in the eyes of God. Shame on Iceland
— Candace M (@CandaceMounts) August 15, 2017
I wonder if they could use that same cure for cancer and heart disease? Just think how healthy we could be if we were all dead!
— Dean Anderson (@Dean_Min_Travel) August 15, 2017
One other note: people who are sickened by this story need to ask themselves: why aren’t they equally outraged at ANY abortion
— John Jagler (@JohnJagler) August 15, 2017
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 15, 2017
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