Posts Tagged ‘Downs Syndrome’

Mother of man with Down syndrome wants prenatal testing banned

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Bill Gavin, 24, lives a simple, yet fulfilling life. But if his mother had listened to the advice of health professionals when her prenatal test for genetic disorders came back positive 25 years ago, Bill would have been terminated. Read more Related Posts:No way! Gore Health refuses assisted dying76 Franciscan nuns test positive at monastery in GermanySpain: Read more

Comedian: You find God when you welcome disabled

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

A few months ago I attended Mass in the inner city of Chicago. Before the service, I went to the bathroom. Standing at the sink was a middle-aged man with Down syndrome. When he saw me, he cupped his hands, filled them with water, splashed me several times, let out a giant laugh and ran Read more

Down’s syndrome abortions: genocide Archbishop tells UN

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Aborting a child because it has Down’s syndrome violates human rights and can be considered genocide. “Here at the United Nations (UN) there is much sincere talk and normally passionate action to fight against unjust discrimination,” said Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Vatican nuncio to the United Nations. He pointed to a double standard when he appeared Read more

One of New Zealand’s oldest altar servers has died

Monday, March 12th, 2018

A “shining light” of the Taranaki faith community, and arguably one of the country’s oldest altar servers, has died. Sam, who had Down syndrome, became an altar server in 2002 and also regularly welcomed parishioners to weekly services, as a host at the door. On March 1, he died at Chalmers rest home after a short illness, with Read more

Abortion – Down’s syndrome advocacy group condemn pledge to decriminalise

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

A Down’s syndrome advocacy group has condemned Jacinda Ardern’s pledge to decriminalise abortion, saying it will allow abortion for disability till up to 40 weeks. Ardern has responded by saying abortions up to 40 weeks would not be made legal under Labour. Despite this, Saving Downs created a social media post using Labour’s campaign slogan Read more

First wedding in Cardboard Cathedral

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

After a five-year engagement and months of busking to raise funds, a Lyttelton couple have become the first to be wed in the Transitional Cardboard Cathedral. Jill Jefferies and James Dobinson, who both have Down syndrome, married on Saturday before about 100 well-wishers, family and friends. The couple had busked at the Lyttelton Farmers Market Read more

Disabled girl, 11, charged with blasphemy in Pakistan

Friday, August 24th, 2012

An 11-year-old Christian girl with Down’s syndrome has been accused of desecrating the Qur’an under the severe blasphemy law in Pakistan. Rimsha Masih is the first minor to be charged with blasphemy in Pakistan. The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Witnesses claim she burnt 10 pages of a booklet used to Read more

International Criminal Court examining eugenics in NZ

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Life itself is a basic human right that is deserving of all humanity. But sadly in our country eugenics is denying that right to a group of individuals based on their genetic difference. Mr Mike Sullivan, spokesperson for Saving Downs says “The situation is so serious here that the International Criminal Court is now carrying Read more

Prenatal testing must respect the rights of the unborn

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

“Prenatal testing must respect the right to life of the unborn child. At the same time we have to consider the pressure parents are under” says Mr Kleinsman. In 2008 the Bioethics Council (now disbanded) carried out extensive consultation with New Zealanders on the question of prenatal testing. Among the findings released in its report to Read more