Michael Gerson: “Viewing the intellectually disabled as athletes has aided a civil rights revolution — changing both individual lives and social perceptions. And Special Olympics is carrying that revolution to a global scale.”
Ross Douthat: “But given our society’s track record with prenatal testing for Down syndrome, we also have a pretty good idea of what individuals and couples will do with comprehensive information about their unborn child’s potential prospects. In 90 percent of cases, a positive test for Down syndrome leads to an abortion. It is hard to imagine that more expansive knowledge won’t lead to similar forms of prenatal selection on an ever-more-significant scale.”
Washington Post: “In the course of our investigation, I saw starving and emaciated children who, because of their disabilities, were unable to feed themselves and were frequently left unfed. I was told by staff that when many of these children became ill, they were no longer bathed or taken out of their cribs, denied medical care and left to die.”
Cathleen Kaveny: “The negative prohibition–do not kill — is a necessary floor in moral thinking. But for the very vulnerable, including the physically and mentally impaired, it is by no means sufficient. The vulnerable, young and old, need positive assistance if they are to thrive. And no average family can meet the challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease –with or without Down syndrome– on its own.
It doesn’t just take a village. It takes a nation. It takes the common good.”
Christianity Today: “We must not be content to live in a world where abortion weeds out Down syndrome and other kinds of disabilities. Those with Down syndrome have challenges, sometimes significant, but they bring abounding joy and expressive love to everyone and to everything they encounter.”