I was absolutely gutted when I woke up to the news the other day that a maternal blood test to detect Down’s Syndrome had been approved for use as a screening tool on the NHS. Basically, my taxes are now being used to fund a “safer” test that is designed to find and kill some amazing people. The media portrayed this as a positive thing! Anyone who knows somebody with Down’s will tell you that this is a load of rubbish.
The NHS is one of the best things about being English. Healthcare, free at the point of service. The Welfare state was possibly the “best thing” to come out of the Second World War for Britons. It was never supposed to kill though.
Before reading the rest of my ramblings, watch this video. Lucy and Sophie. Oh My God! “To me, a world without children with Down’s would be a very sad place indeed.”
“When I was 6 years old, my mum had Sophie, a child who’s brought me joy throughout my life.”
“The reason she’s brought me so much joy is because she’s exactly the way she is.”
“To me, a world without children with Down’s would be a very sad place indeed.”
“Is Down’s really the worst thing your child could have?”
“I’ve experienced Sophie as a happy, independent, talented, wonderful human being.”
“I can say the same for every other child with Down’s Syndrome I’ve met.”
Sophie and Lucy, thanks so much for being such an inspiration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!