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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - An academic expert at the United Nations supported the abortion of Down syndrome babies, and a young woman with Down Syndrome pushed back.
Ben Achour, professor and expert at the U.N. Human Rights Committee (HRC), is on video saying in early November that pregnant mothers should be able to abort babies that test positive for Down syndrome.
One person with Down syndrome responded in a video of her own. Identified only as Charlotte, she begins, "Mr. Ben Achour, your comments about people with Down syndrome deeply offend me."
"I'm a human being just like you," she continues. "Our only difference is an extra chromosome. My extra chromosome makes me far more tolerant than you, sir."
At another point in the video, Charlotte asks, "Why are you not crying out when people like me are being made extinct?"
The video, published November 30, continues, "What you are suggesting is eugenics. It’s disgusting and evil. You need to apologize for your horrible comments. You should also be removed from the Human Rights Committee as an expert."
Charlotte concluded by half-jokingly offering to replace Achour as an expert on the HRC.
"I will fight for our right to exist for the rest of my life," she concluded.
Charlotte's video was shared online by the European Center for Law and Justice (ECLJ), a group with a strong pro-life stance.
The ECLJ also shared another video of the U.N. expert encouraging Down Syndrome abortions. He said in French, "I myself am an ardent defender of the handicapped. ... But that does not mean that we have to accept letting a disabled fetus live."
Achour also was confused about the name of the condition:
If you tell a woman, "Your child has Dow…" — What is it called? Down Syndrome, Dawn Syndrome — if you tell her that, or that he may have a handicap forever, for the rest of his life, you should make this woman … it should be possible for her to resort to abortion to avoid the handicap as a preventative measure.
The ECLJ itself blasted Achour's claims, writing in a statement that his position "is a complete moral inversion of the meaning of the right to life."
The practice of eliminating unborn children who test positive for Down Syndrome is commonplace in some Nordic countries like Iceland. In August, CBS News said on Twitter, "Iceland is on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion."
Pro-life Hollywood actress Patricia Heaton retorted, "Iceland isn't actually eliminating Down Syndrome. They're just killing everybody that has it. Big difference."