The blogosphere is abuzz about the professor who told his class that every baby with Down syndrome should be aborted.
First of all, let's recognize this for the bigotry it is. Imagine if the screening wasn't for an extra 21st chromosome, but for a "gay gene", or for dark skin pigment.
So, it's appalling bigotry. Now what?
Fight the bigotry against kids with Down syndrome by supporting Band of Angels. They make beautiful calendars and greeting cards featuring kids with DS. They also have "Cenebrate Packages" that you can sponsor to help parents make the adjustment to a DS diagnosis. You can also buy Common Threads, a breathtaking coffee-table book featuring essays and pictures illustrating life with Down syndrome.
If there is a doll collecter on your gift list, consider one of the beautiful dolls by Downi Creations.
There are also some beautiful products available at Cafe Press:
Down syndrome isn't scary - it's just different.
We are all Different. We are all Beautiful.
Do not be afraid...
My personal favorite: Love does not count chromosomes.
There is a war being waged on kids with Down syndrome. And even if you, personally, think that the world is better off without such "defective" people being permitted to wander about at large, what about the collateral damage -- the three genetically normal children who die for every "defective" Down syndrome baby that's weeded out? Is this an acceptable level of collateral damage? To kill three civilian bystanders for every one of the "enemy"?
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