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originally posted by: Shiloh7
a reply to: b14warrior
Sorry to sound unsympathetic, but I have worked with Downs Williams and they are quite something to deal with. They are sexually predatory and aggressive and can be dangerous. People forget that Downs people are very different physically, being lower 'slung' they have a terrific force if they turn on you and, even if they hurt workers - as they do - the worker has no compensation as the Downs has no responsibility. It can cost over a million in sterling to care for these individuals throughout their lives and there is little one can do for the severe Downs.
There are Downs who are not so afflicted and can lead good lives with little supervision and that's fine, but how you tells the Dows Williams before birth, I have no idea.
I do agree with Dawkins that whereas there are conditions that we have no choice to deal with I think women should all have the chance of the test to find this condition. Downs use to die around the mid 20s but now they live well into the 50s and beyond so their care, once the parents are too old to look after them is considerable. Were it a condition that was curable or workable it would be different. I tend to look at the numbers of people in the world already and providing for them when they reach old age, add to the figures the number of Downs who normally need care throughout their lives and then factor in the budgets needed. We are coming to the point where budgets cannot cope and sacrifices and very hard decisions are going tohave to be made.
originally posted by: watchitburn
I agree with Mr Dawkins on this matter.
Just being practical and realistic. They ultimately become a a drain on society and resources. Also if they reproduce they further degrade the gene pool. And we already have more than enough worthless people doing that as it is.
It's really in everyone's best interest.
Let me preempt the all the bashing:
Blah blah blah, that's terrible. Blah blah blah you're a scum bag. Blah blah blah.
Oh well get over it. It's the reality of it.