“The Slippery Slopes of Iceland”
Like many of you, I was shocked to hear the upbeat tone of coverage regarding the latest news regarding Iceland and Down Syndrome. I found one article that got it right, bringing some much needed clarity to the so-called victory. Written by James Freeman for the Wall Street Journal (August 17, 2017) it is entitled, “The Slippery Slopes of Iceland.” I would like to simply quote it in part here:
In the annals of socialized medicine, Iceland has reached a milestone. According to a report this week from CBS News, the island nation’s government-run health system has managed to convince expectant mothers to have an abortion in nearly 100% of cases in which prenatal testing suggests a child will be born with Down syndrome. “Iceland is on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion,” tweeted CBS News on Monday as it urged followers to tune in for that night’s broadcast.
Patricia Heaton, a television actress best known for her role on the program, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” tweeted a clarification in response: “Iceland isn’t actually eliminating Down Syndrome. They’re just killing everybody that has it. Big difference.”
Social media has become infamous for nasty and ill-considered commentary. But Ms. Heaton’s message inspired expressions of love. Her Twitter feed quickly became a bulletin board for parents to share photographs of their precious children who have the chromosomal condition. This outpouring of parental affection has been particularly welcome in a week dominated by news of hatred and violence….
A Parent’s Prayer for Students
Dear Lord, As my children leave for school, I pray you keep them in your care. Send your Spirit to open their minds to all that’s true and beautiful and good. Help them see the gifts and talents you have given them and teach them to use them well. Help them to grow in knowledge and wisdom. Help them to be kind to others and lead others to be kind to them. Give their teachers patience and understanding and help them teach what’s just and true. Send your angels to guide and guard my children and to keep them from all harm. Open their young hearts to your presence and enfold them in your peace and protection. Hold them in the palm of your hand, Lord, and at day’s end, bring them safely home. Amen.
Have a blessed week,