A friend of mine has a daughter with Down Syndrome, and she recently sent me this video which I thought was very well done.
Here's what my friend wrote:
For the record, I'm personally 'pro-choice'. Though I feel strongly that when it comes to Down syndrome, the whole notion of 'choice' has been virtually eliminated and replaced with fear and inaccurate information. Parents should be given the opportunity to make an educated choice. The medical establishment has not allowed that to happen. The overwhelming majority of people with Down syndrome live happy, healthy, productive and long lives; even those babies with DS who are born with major heart defects go on to thrive. Parents need to know this BEFORE they make their choice.
I fear that a generation from now, there will be no people with Down syndrome. And this trend will only serve to facilitate more prenatal testing, and a desperation to eliminate all differences or exceptionalities.
The world will be a much less beautiful and compassionate place as a result.
To me, a poignant reminder of that "other" kind of modesty: knowing our own limitations, while not rushing to assume that we know other people's.