CBS pushes story about country ‘eliminating’ down syndrome through abortions, prompting actress’ response


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.”

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!”

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