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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov 23, 2011 / 26 Mar-Cheshvan, 5772

Down Syndrome genocide

By Nat Hentoff




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | For years I have been opposed to the genocide of pre-born children with Down syndrome, together with the killing of those who survive abortion (my book, "Nat Hentoff: Insisting On Life," Human Life Review, 2005) and in other publications.

Presently, Mayrav Saar (New York Post, Nov. 15, "Postscript," "The End of Down Syndrome") reports:

"Today, 92 percent of mothers who get a definitive diagnosis of Down syndrome choose to abort, surveys show." These parents are told by their physicians that this child will not live a meaningful life.

Many of those diagnosed infants who do survive abortion are deliberately denied any necessary surgery as well as intravenous feeding.

Down syndrome is associated with various degrees of mental retardation and such physical characteristics as stunted growth, flattened nose, shortened back and extremities.

However, a considerable number of families, instead of killing the child, provide their youngsters with regulated forms of therapy and tutoring. As a result, sizable numbers of these Americans graduate from high school and college and -- as my next column demonstrates -- enjoy meaningful lives.

Part of my book "Insisting on Life" was about the once widely known Baby Doe of Bloomington, Ind. A case protesting this imminent 1982 infanticide had gone to the Indiana Supreme Court. I have never forgotten the letter, after the subsequent imposition of the death sentence, to the Evansville (Ind.) Courier from Sherry McDonald on April 17, 1982:

"The night before little Infant Doe died, I called the Indiana Supreme Court and told them, 'I am a Down syndrome child and I want the baby boy saved.'"

That court did not have time to decide on whether a death sentence was fully lawful. The baby boy died of starvation over six days when his parents -- explaining they didn't want a "retarded" child -- refused surgery for his deformed esophagus.

This attitude of disposing of children who could not attain "humanhood" was part of the culture of the time -- and continues now. In my research, I came across "Defective Newborns Are Dying By Design" in the June 14, 1981, Hartford Courant:

"At the intensive care nursery at Yale-New Haven Hospital … sometimes life-saving medicine or surgery is withheld. Other infants are allowed to starve to death. And in some cases, doctors at Yale-New Haven have helped parents give their defective infants lethal drug overdoses, two doctors there said."

With regard to Down syndrome patients dying by design, a 2011 advance in diagnosing this condition has been headlined in the New York Post story previously quoted, "The End of Down Syndrome":

"A new simple way to detect Down syndrome in a fetus means the condition will be virtually extinct -- but not without a great deal of controversy, experts say.

"Last month, San Diego-based Sequenom released a test that allows doctors to screen for the most prevalent type of Down syndrome with only a blood test from the mother. The screening is available in 20 cities and is expected to hit New York soon. Two other companies have plans to release similar tests next year."

This much faster method of diagnosis is also safer than such present methods as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling, which can lead to miscarriages. "The End of Down Syndrome" continues:

"The safer prenatal screenings will likely mean more women will be tested, and the number of women carrying babies with Down syndrome who terminate their pregnancies could increase, if not skyrocket."

"Sequenom's test, called MaterniT21, analyzes fetal DNA from a sample of the mother's blood to test for the most common form of Down syndrome. In a study published last month in 'Genetics in Medicine,' MaterniT21 detected 98.6 percent of Down syndrome cases."

But it's vital to remember that those Down syndrome children whose parents choose to let them live become adults. Therefore, however deadly this MaterniT21 test proves to be, the New York Post headline "The End of Down Syndrome" is not accurate.

The Post story ends by introducing Louis Sciuto, who was born with Down syndrome 22 years ago. He has grown up to volunteer regularly "at a Boston area food bank near his home. He has a job at Target. He has friends and a rich life."

In my next column, I'll discuss a new lifesaving discovery for those diagnosed with -- or later found to have -- Down syndrome that is reported and celebrated at Children's Hospital in Boston. This came to my attention as I was reading "UN Gives Nod to World Down Syndrome Day" (disabilityscoop.com, Nov. 15). This annual Down syndrome awareness day will be adopted in December by the U.N. General Assembly.

As word gets around, maybe more mothers will bypass the doomsday MaterniT21 test. As the mother of Louis Sciuto says: "People with Down syndrome are not charity cases. They are contributing members of society" -- when they are allowed to live.

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Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights and author of several books, including his current work, "The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance". Comment by clicking here.

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