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Bureaucrat Calculates the Value of a Person With Downs Syndrome

It’s a chief tenet of conservatism that natural law dictates rights must necessarily come from God, not from government.

For if they come from government, they can most assuredly be taken away. But it’s quite obvious the Dutch government never got that memo.

In a story that’s getting wide attention across the web, a chief bureaucrat at the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health explains to a man with Downs Syndrome what his life is worth to the government in terms of the cost to citizens for his health care.

It’s with this analysis that he endorses the country’s policy of eradicating Downs Syndrome by simply aborting them all.

The presumption that the value of all human life can be reduced to a mere line item in a budget is tragically disgusting.

But this is the logical end that comes to a Western culture that embraces abortion-on-demand.

Concluding that grandma’s life is too costly not to terminate is just a step away, folks.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Is the life of a person with Down Syndrome (DS) as valuable as a person born without it? How do we calculate the value of that life? How do we decide whether or not that person is an asset to or drain on society?

If you’re the Dutch government you use a simple mathematical formula.

In recent years the Netherlands has begun a targeted “health” campaign to increase pregnancy screenings for Down Syndrome markers, perhaps in hopes of following Iceland’s example of almost completely erasing Down Syndrome humans from their population. The Dutch currently have an abortion rate of between 74% and 84% for babies identified as having the chromosomal condition.

An Icelandic councilwoman once told an interviewer when asked about her support for aborting DS babies:

We don’t look at abortion as a murder. We look at it as a thing that we ended.

We ended a possible life that may have had a huge complication… preventing suffering for the child and for the family. And I think that is more right than seeing it as a murder — that’s so black and white.

Life isn’t black and white. Life is grey.


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