Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents. They were killed because they were male, under the age of two, and born in the vicinity of Jerusalem. By ordering their murder, Herod hoped to dispose of the new King of the Jews he’d heard of from the Magi.
But the order could not have been carried out if others had not co-operated. The soldiers who carried out the order; Herod’s advisers who looked the other way; neighbours who stood to one side and let it happen – all of these were in some way responsible for the deaths.
Today, innocents around the world are routinely murdered while the world looks the other way; stands to one side and lets it happen.
Recently, Mercator carried an article on one group who are being deliberately targeted, with nine out of ten such babies in the West being aborted:
These are unborn children around the world who have Down syndrome, a genetic disorder which gives the person certain well-known features, such as a rounder face and almond-shaped eyes, and involves varying degrees of intellectual and sometimes physical disability.Government initiated and funded programmes of pre-natal genetic testing to detect this condition have resulted in around 90 per cent of these babies in some western countries having their lives terminated in utero. Surely, it is no exaggeration to see this pattern as a form of genocide — “geneticide”, perhaps.
New Zealand is no exception to the “rule” that says babies with this disorder should not be born. It is not a rule written in so many words, but the words that are used in official and research documents clearly have that intent, and there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that mothers with an unborn child diagnosed with Down syndrome are automatically offered an abortion.
When the national antenatal screening programme for Down syndrome was relaunched in this country with “quality improvements” in February, a number of people decided it was time to challenge the government on the validity of its commitment to screening.
Right to Life NZ lodged a formal complaint with the Prime Minister that the programme for Down syndrome is an instrument of genocide, a crime against humanity. The Health Minister wrote back blandly advising that the government has no plans to cease the screening programme.
A group of twelve concerned parents and Right to Life NZ have since approached the Director of Human Rights Proceedings, asking him to take our case to the Human Rights Review Tribunal. We believe that antenatal screening for Down syndrome violates not only New Zealand human rights law and abortion law, but also the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.