A question of life

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 A recent study by Chicago University researchers indicates that scientists have found two stretches of DNA linked to homosexuality. Dr. Michael Bailey from Northwestern University contributed to the study and stated that sexual orientation has nothing to do with choice.

With this scientific finding I wonder what the response would be from the LGBT community if this genetic code is offered during prenatal testing and then a positive test is utilized to identify, target and terminate an unborn child based on sexual orientation? Would there be mass media coverage, protests and community outrage for this ultimate form of discrimination?

I am the father of a beautiful daughter who has Down syndrome, and there are still individuals in our culture who view my child as “defective”, “undesirable” and “imperfect.” Prenatal genetic testing coupled with negative stereotypes has led to a silent eugenic movement against the Down syndrome community where 90 percent-plus of these unborn children are identified, targeted and eliminated. Individuals like my daughter spread unconditional love and kindness to a world filled with violence, anger and hate.

I hope one day people realize that prenatal genetic testing unlocks prenatal prejudice which leads to termination, the ultimate form of discrimination for those who do not meet the warped mandates for perfection in a misguided culture. This prenatal bigotry can be stopped when we embrace, include and accept the most priceless gift our culture has – human life.

Upper St. Clair

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