UN Hypocrisy Strikes Again

UN Hypocrisy Strikes Again

Happy International Day of Persons with Disabilities!
This year’s theme is remarkable: “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World.”
“Disability inclusion is an essential condition to upholding human rights, sustainable development, and peace and security. It is also central to the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind. The commitment to realizing the rights of persons with disabilities is not only a matter of justice; it is an investment in a common future.,'” the United Nations website explains.
But is it really a goal to leave no one behind–to recognize the rights of persons with disabilities?
When the conversation turns to prenatal persons with disabilities, all that talk of inclusivity flies out the window.
Simple and inexpensive prenatal testing has facilitated the gradual elimination of infants with various disabilities. For instance, Iceland has made headlines for “eliminating” Down syndrome–which is a misrepresentation of the grossest variety. What Iceland has really done is systematically encourage the abortion of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome, so they never have a chance to live. The situation is similar in Denmark, where the number of babies born with Down syndrome has plummeted since universal prenatal screening was instituted. In 2019, only 18 babies with Down syndrome were born.
Closer to home, a handful of states have outlawed abortion based solely on the prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, a controversial stance. In September, a federal judge blocked part of Missouri’s new law banning “Down syndrome abortions.”
According to the United Nations, which established the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 1992, “Persons with disabilities must be able to fulfill their role in society and participate on an equal basis with others. It is important to focus on the ability and not on the disability of an individual.”
But the truth of this statement is grounded in another truth: a person with disability can only fulfill his role in society if he is born in the first place.
Please join with us in praying for all persons with disabilities–and for all women whose unborn children may be diagnosed with a disability. Not only do these people have a right to participate in our society, just as we all do, they also have the most basic of rights: the right to life.