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Dutch Minister of Health says society should accept that less Down’s are born

All pregnant women in the Netherlands will have access to the Non Invasive Prenatal Testing to know if they have children with Down syndrome.

SOURCES Huffington Post, Evangelical Focus AUTHOR Evangelical Focus AMSTERDAM 11 JANUARY 2017 18:33 h GMT+1
A demostration against NIPT in the UK.

The Non Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT), which can detect a range of chromosomal and genetic variations in the unborn child simply by testing the blood of the mother, is now available to all pregnant women in the Netherlands.



With the introduction of this standard prenatal screening into public healthcare, in Iceland 100% of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome were aborted.



In Denmark this number is 98%.



 



DUTCH MINISTER OF HEALTH: “SOCIETY SHOULD ACCEPT THAT”



Members of the opposition party SGP asked the Dutch Minister of Health, Mrs. Schippers, if she planned to take any measures to prevent the Danish and Icelandic scenario from happening in the Netherlands.



Mrs. Schippers answered: “If freedom of choice results in a situation that nearly no children with Down syndrome are being born, society should accept that.”



She said that "withholding information from parents about the health of their future children is undesirable and that participation in the National population screening program is an individual decision."



 



NIPT, ABORTION AND GENDER-SELECTION



While participation in the screening program may be voluntary; Dutch women are not free to choose for which conditions they want to screen their pregnancy. NIPT can potentially detect hundreds of conditions, but a small group of experts have determined Down syndrome to be it’s single primary goal.



Gender-selection is banned in the Netherlands. Dutch Health officials have called sex-selective abortion discriminatory and an ‘undesirable use of NIPT’. Dutch politicians have implemented measures to prevent this practice.



 



“THE GODDES OF CHOICE IS THE RELIGION OF TODAY”



In an article published at the Solas Magazine blog column of Evangelical Focus, Scottish evangelical theologian David Roberston criticised the idea of a future with no people with Down Syndrome. 



“The goddess of choice is the religion of our cultural and political elites today [...] there is considerable pressure on people to make the ‘right’ choice in the eyes of the professionals”, he wrote.



“All human beings are made in the image of God. All have a right to life. All lives matter. Any society that wants to survive must, in recognising these facts, care for the weak and vulnerable in their midst”, he added.



Roberston believes that “all societies need to realise that righteousness exalts a nation and sin is a reproach to any people. And all individuals within that society need to acknowledge that as human beings we are fallen and sinful. Unless as individuals we are changed for the better, society will not be changed for the better”.


 


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