Crux: Vatican stages UN event to protest ‘genocide’ against Down Syndrome

Crux: Vatican stages UN event to protest ‘genocide’ against Down Syndrome

Below is an excerpt from a piece in The Crux highlighting the UN event held this week in NYC, co-sponsored by the Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA.

NEW YORK – While the United Nations has a stated commitment to protecting and promoting the lives of those with Down Syndrome, the Holy See believes some in the international community are abetting what one Washington Post columnist recently termed a “genocide” against such individuals.

 

At a United Nations event on Tuesday in anticipation of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the apostolic nuncio to the United Nations, charged delegates with failing to uphold protections enshrined in international agreements to protect those with disabilities.

 

“Despite the commitments made in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights, including that of the right to life, by all persons with disabilities, so many members of the international community stand on the sidelines as the vast majority of those diagnosed with Trisomy-21 have their lives ended before they’re even born,” Auza said.

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