A young woman with Down syndrome gave a brilliant response to a United Nations member who recently urged his committee to support abortions on unborn babies with disabilities.
Charlotte Fien, who has Down syndrome, posted a video on YouTube slamming UN Human Rights Committee expert Yadh Ben Achour for his intolerance, the Church Militant reports.
“I’m a human being just like you,” Fien said in the video. “Our only difference is an extra chromosome. My extra chromosome makes me far more tolerant than you, sir.”
Early in November, Ben Achour argued that the UN committee should continue supporting abortion as a “preventive measure” against babies with disabilities, Breitbart reports.
“If you tell a woman, ‘Your child has Dow…’ — what is it called? Down syndrome, Dawn syndrome — if you tell her that, or that he may have a handicap forever … it should be possible for her to resort to abortion to avoid the handicap as a preventive measure,” Ben Achour said (translated from French).
The Tunisian lawyer said he is an “ardent defender of the handicapped,” but he sees no problem with babies with disabilities being aborted as long as they have not been born yet.
“[This] doesn’t mean that we are against the disabled or that we won’t help the disabled when born disabled,” Ben Achour said. “But that does not mean that we have to accept to let a disabled fetus live.”
Fien said Ben Achour’s comments were deeply offensive to people with disabilities.
“What you are suggesting is eugenics,” she said. “It’s disgusting and evil. You need to apologize for your horrible comments. You should also be removed from the Human Rights Committee as an expert.”
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The young woman said she lives a great life with a family and friends who love her, and she is not suffering.
She urged the UN committee to replace Ben Achour with someone who will genuinely fight for the rights of people who are being oppressed, including people with disabilities like herself. If the UN committee wants a real expert on Down syndrome, she said she would be happy to serve.
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Her video received the support of the European Center for Law & Justice, the Jerome Lejeune Fondation, Stop Discriminating Down and Downpride.
Unborn babies with Down syndrome and other disabilities are discriminated against at astronomical rates. Parents whose unborn babies have Down syndrome or other disabilities frequently report feeling pressure to abort them by doctors and genetic counselors.
Earlier this year, a CBS News report shocked the nation with its exposure of the discriminatory abortion trend. According to the report, nearly 100 percent of unborn babies who test positive for Down syndrome are aborted in Iceland. The rate in France was 77 percent in 2015, 90 percent in the United Kingdom and 67 percent in the United States between 1995 and 2011, according to CBS.
Some put the rate as high as 90 percent in the United States, but it is difficult to determine the exact number because the U.S. government does not keep detailed statistics about abortion.