Last Friday was the Ninth World Down Syndrome Day. Did you hear anything about it? Neither did I.
Perhaps that is because the advocacy seems determinedly uncontroversial and “feel good.” From WDSD Website:
World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.
But there is still so much more we can do. Down Syndrome International (DSi) encourages our friends all over the world to choose your own activities and events to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.
But where is the advocacy urging people to please not abort Down babies? I did a site search. Not. A. Mention.
Yet, in the USA, 90% of our brothers and sisters with Down are prevented from being born. Denmark has made it official policy to have zero people with Down–meaning complete eugenic prenatal cleansing, since there is currently no treatment.
But until we get more than a once-a-year feel good “day” that officials can embrace safely–and without shifting gears to include an explicit and oft-repeated anti-culture of death message to go along with the once-a-year positive images–WDSD will remain mostly a gesture, akin to putting a colored ribbon on our collective lapel.
It pains me to say this, but yadda, yadda, yadda.