Kurt Kondrich, whose daughter, Chloe, has Down syndrome, tells American Family News the World Health Organization's (WHO) a recent social media post lists Down syndrome as a birth defect that can be "prevented" by abortion.
Live Action reports the WHO originally wrote on March 3rd, "Today is World Birth Defects Day! Most birth defects can be prevented and treated with access to quality maternal and newborn care. Yet, every year, they cause the deaths of close to 250,000 babies within just 1 month of birth."
Down syndrome was then listed as one of the "most common severe birth defects."
"When you identify, target, and eliminate a human being because they don't meet the cultural mandate for perfection, that's genocide; it's eugenic movement," Kondrich insists. "And then, of course, the question all of us should be asking is who next? What if we get a prenatal test for autism, prenatal test for baldness, prenatal test for depression, prenatal test for ADHD, or brown hair, or anything else?"
If abortion is approved for prenatal diagnoses that do not meet the standard for perfection, then Kondrich reasons that terminating a healthy child after birth could be an upcoming possibility. He says the government needs to be doing more to protect those with Down syndrome. As for the WHO's Down syndrome prevention strategy, the dadvocate believes people should be outraged.
"When you have disability organizations that claim to defend and protect people with disabilities, yet are silent when it comes to this prenatal eugenic movement against people diagnosed with a certain disability, then, you know, Dietrich Bonhoeffer said it best: Silence in the face of evil is evil. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."
After receiving backlash, the WHO edited the Facebook post to remove Down syndrome from the list and deleted the paragraph of information. However, it appears a separate post on Twitter also included Down syndrome as a birth defect.