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New petition supports babies with Down Syndrome targeted for abortion

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PETITION: Tell the UN to help stop abortion of Down Syndrome babies. Sign the petition here.

NEW YORK, March 21, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – LifeSiteNews launched a petition today marking World Down Syndrome Day calling on the United Nations Commission on Human Rights to bring an end to the eugenic abortion of Down syndrome babies.

The petition notes that people with Down syndrome around the world “are being systematically targeted for elimination.” The gravity of what the petition says is tantamount to genocide is spelled out in devastating numbers: “92% of Down Syndrome babies are aborted in the US; 98% of Down Syndrome babies are aborted in Denmark; and, nearly 100% in Iceland.”

The petition is addressed to "The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, and the UN Human Rights Council." Bachelet is an outspoken advocate of abortion and a former Socialist president of Chile. She was installed as High Commissioner in September 2018.

About 7,500 people have signed the petition as of this writing. 

Citing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, the petition recalls that people with Down syndrome have a “Right to Life.” The Convention states: "States Parties reaffirm that every human being has the inherent right to life and shall take all necessary measures to ensure its effective enjoyment by persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others." The UN OHCHR has an obligation “to ensure - by all necessary measures - that the right to life of people with disabilities is vindicated,” the petition states.

Following campaigns by people with Down syndrome and their supporters, some governments are taking action in their defense. The states of Kentucky, Indiana, North Dakota and Ohio have passed laws banning abortion based on sex, race or disability. 

LifeSiteNews has reported extensively on the dangers posed to people with Down syndrome by eugenic abortion. For example, LifeSiteNews reported that Iceland has nearly eliminated Down syndrome births since a prenatal test went into use there in the early 2000s. Likewise in the United Kingdom, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children reported in December 2018 that the country recorded a huge increase in the number of aborted Down syndrome babies.

World Down Syndrome Day has been marked annually by the United Nations since 2012. In observance of the day, Down Syndrome International declared that all people with Down syndrome “must have opportunities to live fulfilling lives” on a full and equal basis with all other people. The organization noted that the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development has pledged that “no one will be left behind,” presumably including people with Down syndrome.

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