What Suffering? The Down Syndrome Advantage

Whoopsie Piggle

I see you and Max acting so bravely, but nobody asks for a child with Down syndrome.

Lyra watching the polar bears with her brother, Claude, at the Toledo Zoo Lyra watching the polar bears with her brother, Claude, at the Toledo Zoo

I recalled those sugar-coated words of sympathy, spoken by someone a few weeks after our beautiful, healthy daughter was born, when I posted on my Whoopsie Piggle Facebook page an article about Richard Dawkins, an Oxford professor of evolutionary biology and ethicist, who is perhaps best known for his 2006 book, The God Delusion. Dawkins describes in his book, which seems largely written to contend with those who deny the existence of evolution, his position that it is highly improbable that a supernatural being planned out and created the universe. Last August Dawkins tweeted his thoughts about what a woman should do who has discovered that the fetus she is carrying has Down syndrome.

“Abort it and try again. It…

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