Wednesday, December 31 1969

No, CBS, Down Syndrome Isn’t ‘Disappearing.’ Babies With It Are

Written by Katie Yoder

Unborn babies with Down syndrome in Iceland are being aborted in astonishing numbers – but that’s not how CBS reported on it.

On Monday night, CBS News On Assignment investigated Down syndrome “disappearing” in Iceland with correspondent Elaine Quijano.

While Quijano’s report was fair, CBS misleadingly advertised the story by touting that Iceland was “eliminating” Down syndrome – not “eliminating” unborn babies with Down syndrome.

In her opening, Quijano reported “over the last decade or so, 100% of pregnant women whose prenatal tests have come back positive for Down syndrome, have decided to end their pregnancies.” While testing for Down syndrome isn’t mandatory, the government of Iceland requires that pregnant women know it’s available.

The story sparked a social media backlash, not against Iceland as much as CBS’ portrayal of Quijano’s report.

Accompanying Quijano’s report, CBS published an online story by producer Julian Quinones and writer Arijeta Lajka. The headline called Iceland the “country where Down syndrome is disappearing.”

The problem is, Down syndrome isn’t “disappearing.” Rather, unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are – through abortion. Instead of treating the genetic disorder, Iceland is removing the person.

That was a point actress Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle) slammed CBS News for on social media.

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