Iceland has nearly “eradicated” Down syndrome … by encouraging parents to test their babies in the womb and abort them if their results show a likelihood of the genetic condition.
According to a recent CBS report, just one or two babies are born with Down syndrome on average per year in Iceland, which has a population of 330,000. In the country, close to 100 percent of pregnant women who test positive for Down syndrome in prenatal screenings choose abortion.
While Iceland is ahead when it comes to “eradicating” people with Down syndrome, America isn’t too far behind. Among U.S. women, an estimated 67 percent whose test results indicate a Down syndrome child decide to abort the baby.
Glenn looked at this heartbreaking story on radio Wednesday.
“Am I supposed to say, ‘Oh, look at that beautiful child that should be dead’?” he asked of the CBS story, which featured an image of a little girl from Iceland with Down syndrome who was one of the few to survive.
Glenn talked about people with Down syndrome and all that they have to offer the world.
“Down syndrome people are the best among us,” he said. “They truly are.”
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: There was a story that I saw yesterday from CBS News. And it reported that Iceland is leading the world in, quote, eradicating Down syndrome births. End quote.
There was a tweet that said that. And then it had a picture of this really beautiful child. It said, “Iceland is on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion.” And has this beautiful child of about four years old in the snow hat and everything else.
Am I supposed to like that? Am I supposed to say, “Oh, look at that beautiful child that should be dead?”
This is one of the — this, to me — and I might be alone, this to me is the biggest symbol of the doom of humanity and the doom of our society.
We’re talking about Down syndrome babies and a country that has now made it so easy and so right to abort your child if your test comes back and says they’ll have Down syndrome.
They have taken the most beautiful children and beautiful people that I honestly have ever met. I have met spiritual leaders, big spiritual leaders. “Uh-huh. Right. Okay. Well, I’ll listen to you on the pulpit, maybe, for about five minutes. You’re a fraud.” And then I’ve met people like Billy Graham, who is absolutely the real deal. But every Down syndrome child or person that I’ve ever met is a spiritual giant.
Years ago, I was young and had never spent any time around Down syndrome. And really people of different abilities really at all. I had no impact in my life personally with it. And I remember I was working in New Haven, Connecticut. And the Special Olympics, the global games for Special Olympics happened in New Haven, Connecticut. And the entire town left for the week. And it was really sad. Because the media had said, “Oh, traffic is going to be horrible.” So everyone went on vacation for those ten days, and it was a ghost town.
And we went and we were working a lot of the events. And I will tell you that what — the impact that that had on my life was profound. And the impact that I walked away with immediately is, you know — and this is in the day — in the early ’90s, when we could still use this word. And I remember thinking, “You know, the world deems these children retarded.” I’m the retarded one. I’m the one whose growth has been retarded from — from — from greed and malice and — and ego and the world and stuff and sexuality and whatever it is.
Down syndrome people are the best among us. They truly are. It’s not some politically correct, “Oh, they’re the best among us.” No, they’re not. Yeah, these guys are.
They will be our rulers on the other side. Because they get it. They are not afraid — all guile has been taken from them.
And CBS reports, “Through abortion, Iceland is the first to nearly eradicate these people.” Thumbs up. That is not progress. Let’s call it what it is: That’s eugenics. That is Margaret Sanger’s most base dream: Get rid of the undesirables. Get rid of the people who can’t really work for a living, don’t really have any quality of life.
I’d rather have their quality of life than mine. I would so much rather go through life loving everybody I meet.
Do you ever get to a point to where you don’t want to understand the world? You just don’t want to understand that there’s just a lot of bad people.
Don’t you ever get to the point where you’re just like, “I — I don’t want to be a part of that anymore?”
This is what the article says: Other aren’t lagging too far behind in Down syndrome termination rates. Iceland is on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion.
You’re not eliminating Down syndrome. You’re eliminating people. People.
You’re not going in and genetically splicing something. You are eliminating people.
I’m concerned about the genetic splice. I’m a father of a daughter of special needs. Only a parent can truly understand this. A parent of special needs.
I would give my life for my daughter to have an easier life. But I would not take her life away because her life is tough. She’s one of the best people I know. And she’s made me such a better — I mean, it’s bad. Because I also realize, man, I’ve got a lot to learn. I’ve got a long way to go to be a good person. And it’s a constant reminder to me. It’s a — she is a constant humbling of me.
Would I abort her? Never.
If I could abort the mean things that people have been — have said to her, if I could abort the mean actions that people have shown her, if I could abort the pain that she has felt from those actions — my daughter changed in the second grade. She had a friend who she never went over to their house. She never — she — we never met her friend. But it was her best friend. And she would come home and she would talk about her best friend all the time.
And one day, she came home, and she told us about how her best friend was having a birthday party. And she invited everybody. Said, “Oh, that’s great, Mary. When — when is the party?” And cheerfully, “Oh, I wasn’t invited.”
“What? I thought you said she invited everybody in the class.”
“She did. But she didn’t invite me.” And she followed it up immediately with, “But that’s okay. That’s okay. I’m fine. I’m fine. And I’m just glad — and I know she’s going to have a great party.”
I don’t — I don’t think I stopped crying for two days. But I’d like that to go away? Yeah. But that has nothing to do with the way she was born. It has everything to do with the way, you know, normal people are born.
I would ask — when I saw this story and I saw this sweet child, the bottom of a CBS tweet, with all kinds of likes underneath it, I thought, “We can go no lower.” Unfortunately, we can. But not as the people we’ve been.
If this is the people — this is a new chapter of humanity. And we’ve seen it before. It’s the way the world usually is. The last 200 years have been an anomaly. The world usually is like the Game of Thrones. And we just won’t be the same when we pass this door and cross its threshold.
And I would ask that you would beg for forgiveness and beg for God to heal our hearts and heal our land. Because I just don’t think there’s a lot left here in our corner before we turn real dark.
The good news: Everything is a choice. And I used to be a guy who was suicidal because I never thought things could change. And then I realized, everything can change the moment I decide.
The moment you decide, “I’m not going to be a part of that,” the moment you decide, “Not on my watch,” the moment you decide to choose love over hate, to choose hope over fear, you’re going to be okay. But it has to be a conscious choice. It has to be one you have really thought about and you have spoken out loud.