Through the "Google Alert" on Down Syndrome" I came across a new blog, By someone whose sole purpose in blogging is to convince the world that Fetuses with Down syndrome deserve to die.
OK, OK, they are nutheads just looking for an argument, possibly fueled as a backlash to Pallin. Nevertheless, I would like to give a reply.
I am willing to admit that my daughter, Ricki, is not college material. But I don't understand why you feel so strongly that she not only has no right to live, but, even more, should not have been ALLOWED to live. Because she is not "perfect"? Are You perfect? Your neighbor? Where would you draw the line who deserves to live, who may, and who is not to be allowed to live?
Ricki, age 14, does not have "Mosaic" (partial) Down syndrome. She is a normal teen with Down syndrome who was given a good education. Like I said, she won't go to college. She will probably work as a restaurant worker, a cleaner, or as an aide to the elderly, or in acting.
It goes without saying that Ricki can wash and dress herself independently. She also makes her own fried eggs for breakfast (I know of "normal" 14 year olds who don't). She also sweeps the floor, hangs laundry (when the dryer isn't working), helps in the kitchen, reads, helps to watch her nieces, and hates doing homework.
She enjoys a good joke, talking on the phone to her friends (she dials), climbing mountains, taking photographs, and dancing/acting.
Besides disliking homework, and being told by mom what to do, she hates that people relate to her as a "person with Down syndrome", and not as a person called "Ricki".
OK, her education cost more than normal. And for that she should not have been allowed to exist?!?
A final note: You compare Down syndrome to the plague, malaria, and small pox. These are three highly fatal, infectious diseases. What's the matter, afraid you will catch "imbecility"? Seems to me you have already! (With apologies to the disabled community for the comparison.)