Oct 21, 2005

Where did they go?



THE WASHINGTON POST
Patricia E. Bauer

"In ancient Greece, babies with disabilities were left out in the elements to die. We in America rely on prenatal genetic testing to make our selections in private, but the effect on society is the same.

Margaret's old pediatrician tells me that years ago he used to have a steady stream of patients with Down syndrome. Not anymore. Where did they go, I wonder. On the west side of L.A., they aren't being born anymore, he says."
It is well worth the minute or so to read the entire piece. Go HERE.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Quo Vadis said...

Excellent entry Quintero. I have a Downe's Syndrome child myself. She is a very happy and loving child. She was one of the lucky survivors because 1 out of 5 children are aborted in this country but for people with Downe's Syndrome the abortion percentage is in the 80's. Sometimes I can't help but look at her and think of all the children that never had the chance to love and be loved.

10:07 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

And how much poorer we are without them!

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Linda said...

My SIL's brother has Down's. When he was born 45 years ago the doctor told his mother to put him in an institution and forget about him. She defied him and took the baby home. John learned to read, to ride an ATV, he enjoys videotaping movies of his loving family and he works full time in an old folks home. Everyone there, residents and family members and staff, love and respect John. I know my own life is richer for having his friendship.

1:38 PM  

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