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Wednesday, June 20th, 2018


Girl with Down syndrome separated from mom at border

A 10-year-old Mexican girl with Down syndrome was separated from her mother while entering the US and put into a federal facility, Mexico’s foreign minister said Tuesday while denouncing the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” border policy. Luis Videgaray said at least 21 Mexican kids have been separated from their parents in recent weeks, including the “heartbreaking case” of the 10-year-old girl — whose father is a legal US resident, according to the Wall Street Journal. She’s being held at a center in McAllen, Texas, while her mom is in Brownsville. Videgaray saidRead More

More people should choose to have children with Down syndrome

Similarly, concerns about negative effects on families of parenting a child with Down syndrome are unfounded. Research shows that such families tend to be as stable and well functioning as families that include only non-disabled children. Again, many people know such families, and know that they flourish. So I doubt that widespread abortion of foetuses with Down syndrome is motivated by worries about family functioning. Some have pointed out that in countries such as the US, where there isn’t universal access to healthcare, the prospect of bringing a child with a disabilityRead More

More people should choose to have children with Down syndrome

A bioethics professor whose son has trisomy 21 is alarmed at the number who choose abortion. My son Aaron, aged nine, has Down syndrome. If you look at photos of our family, his disability might not be readily apparent. He wears glasses, and he likes to pull his baseball cap down low over his forehead, which makes the characteristic almond shape of his eyes difficult to see. At first glance, Aaron might look like any other nine-year-old – and that seems fitting because much of his life revolves around theRead More

Former Newcastle Falcons captain Doddie Weir makes huge donation to motor neurone disease

Weir, who won the Premiership with Newcastle, is dedicated his life to funding research into the degenerative condition and helping others who have it Newcastle Falcons’ Premiership winning former captain Doddie Weir has donated £100,000 to support people with motor neurone disease. The 47-year-old Scotland rugby legend has pledged to devote his life to helping fund research into the degenerative condition, since he announced his own diagnosis last year. On Global MND Awareness Day, Weir donated £100,000 to MND Scotland’s grant scheme. The cash will pay for people with theRead More