We argue all the time in this country about the abortion rate for unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome. Is it 75 percent? Or closer to 90? Some believe that just by asking the question, we send the message to the pregnant woman that keeping her baby with Down syndrome is a radical act that will set her outside the mainstream. Myself, I think the truth will set us free.
In Spain, no one argues about the abortion rate for babies with Down syndrome. Everyone knows what it is: 95 percent. It’s a full-scale genocide.
Like all genocides, Spain’s effort to eradicate trisomy 21 (the medical term for Down syndrome) has required the quiet acquiescence of the population. Last year, conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dropped his effort to roll back the country’s liberal abortion laws after the measure provoked a “wave of hostility” — from Rajoy’s own ruling People’s party.