On Monday 20th March, on the day before the World Down Syndrome day, a great conference entitled Stop Discriminating will be organized at the ONU in Geneva (from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm). Every one of you is invited to take part in this conference put together by the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation, ADF International and the Order of Malta. Its objective is to warn the authorities in charge of human rights about eugenic abuses in countries in which children with Down Syndrome are being massively eliminated before birth. It is the case in France, where 96% of children diagnosed with Down Syndrome during pregnancy are aborted. It has become urgent that the world realizes and reacts, especially since a new test is about to be introduced into the health systems of several countries, and will most certainly cause more eugenic abuses and increase disability intolerance. France is on the verge of publishing a new decree regarding this new test.
The scandal is international: parents and organizations for the defence of people with Down Syndrome are already organizing opposition demonstrations in several European countries such as Germany, the United Kingdom, and Holland. The various speakers of the conference will be a reflection of this diversity:
- Peter Harteveld, a young man living with Down Syndrome (Holland)
- Kathleen Humberstone, (United Kingdom) a young woman living with Down Syndrome
- Clotilde Noël, Author, mother of a child living with Down Syndrome and French spokesperson for “Stop Discriminating”.
- Jean-Marie Le Méné, president of the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation, author (France)
- Dr Teresa Vargas, specialized in the announcement of disability by health professionals, mother of a young girl living with Down Syndrome (Spain)
The conference is open to all. To enter the ONU, registration is free but compulsory before March 14th, 11:00 pm! Register here.
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