The current unfairness against disabled people is a bioethical relevant issue. Perhaps the more aggressive intolerance is the extended discrimination before birth. In this respect, several American states have banned Down syndrome abortion.
The Down syndrome collective has its own health and well-being necessities. In this respect, the work that has made the renowned Lejeune Foundation in the United States has helped DS people and their families with specialized care and treatments. More DS persons, particularly children, have been protected from exclusion increasing their self-esteem and also receiving personalized health care.
“The quality of a civilization can be measured by the respect it has for its weakest members.”
Down syndrome amazing news
Now amazing news for this collective announces that “Lejeune Foundation opens first US clinic for patients with Down syndrome”. The American media report the fact, “Opening on March 21, World Down Syndrome Day, a new medical center in Denver offering holistic consultations for people with Down syndrome will be the first of its kind in the United States (read more HERE). The Jerome Lejeune Medical Center is named after the French geneticist-pediatrician who, in the late 1950s, discovered the cause of Down syndrome (also known as Trisomy 21), a lifelong condition associated with intellectual and developmental problems. After his discovery, Lejeune spent his life searching for a cure, providing care and advocating to protect the medically vulnerable.”
The unfair feature of our utilitarian societies supported by bioethicists pretends to revive the ancient slogan “Life Unworthy of Life” that made so damage to disabled people during the governments of ideological parties last century. Several bioethicists go so far as to affirm that it is not only a right to prevent the birth of disabled people but above all a duty (read Procreative Beneficence theory). The recent advances in the prenatal genetic test have systematized the discrimination before birth of detected genetic embryos’ malformations (read HERE). Our Observatory has published several articles about this unethical practice (read HERE) and the great reaction of the defenders of life, mainly in several US states (read HERE and HERE).