Down Syndrome

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Richard Dawkins: Keeping Fetus With Down's Is 'Immoral'

Renowned atheist sparks a Twitter war

(Newser) - What to do when you're pregnant with a fetus that has Down's syndrome? Simple, tweeted Richard Dawkins: "Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice." The renowned evolutionary theorist and atheist later apologized for... More »

Gammy's Parents: Surrogate Wouldn't Let Us Take Him

Dad says he's changed after pedophilia convictions

(Newser) - With their case making international headlines, the Australian parents of baby Gammy are telling their story. Speaking to Australia's 9News , David Farnell said he and his wife, Wendy, "wanted" to take Gammy home with them, Reuters reports—but his surrogate mother wouldn't let them. Surrogate Pattaramon Chanbua... More »

Dad Who Left Down's Baby Is a Pedophile: Sources

Meanwhile, Australia may intervene in the case

(Newser) - Since the story of baby Gammy went viral several days ago, the Australian government has announced that it is looking into whether it can intervene in a case described by the Australian immigration minister as "very, very murky," particularly because it took place in another country, reports the... More »

'Hobbit' Found Decade Ago Not New Species

The skull appears to belong to an individual with Down Syndrome

(Newser) - When a skull and several bone fragments were discovered in a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2004, one scientist called it "the most important find in human evolution for 100 years." The discoverers hailed it as a previously unknown and extinct human species, which they... More »

Aussie Parents: No One Told Us of Down Syndrome Baby

But surrogate mom in Thailand says that's not true

(Newser) - More details are filling in the story of an Australian couple accused of leaving behind a surrogate baby in Thailand who has Down Syndrome, though the additional details seem to be confusing the account instead of clarifying. The Aussie couple is denying the allegations, but the surrogate mom in Thailand... More »

Parents Leave Behind Surrogate Baby With Down's

Australian couple took his healthy twin in Thailand, says birth mother

(Newser) - An Australian couple who paid an impoverished woman in Thailand to be a surrogate mother left behind a baby boy with Down Syndrome but took his healthy twin sister, reports ABC News of Australia . The boy, named Gammy, is now about 7 months old, and mom Pattaramon Chanbua says he... More »

Medieval Skeleton May Be Oldest Down Syndrome Case

Child buried 1.5K years ago had the common characteristics

(Newser) - Archaeologists in France have unearthed what they say is the earliest known case of Down Syndrome, reports New Scientist . A child buried about 1,500 years ago in what is now Chalon-sur-Saone has the short, broad skull and other features characteristic of the syndrome. "This case represents the earliest... More »

Down Syndrome Ad Speaks to Future Moms

Spot wins praise ahead of World Down Syndrome Day

(Newser) - A new ad for World Down Syndrome Day—that's tomorrow—is winning praise for its message. In the "Dear Future Mom" spot from Saatchi & Saatchi, people with Down Syndrome reassure future moms of babies with the condition that their children will lead full, happy lives. “Sometimes... More »

Cops: La. Mom Killed Toddler With Down Syndrome

She told them it was a 'mercy killing'

(Newser) - Cops in Belle Chasse, Louisiana say a mother showed no sign of remorse when confessing to killing her 17-month-old son by injecting him with hand sanitizer. Erika Wigstrom, 20, faces a charge of first-degree murder and a potential death sentence for killing her son Lucas, who was born with Down... More »

Down Syndrome Student Learns He's Going to College

Video shows Rion Holcombe finding out he's been accepted to special program

(Newser) - A video making the rounds of sites such as BuzzFeed and Gawker shows 20-year-old Rion Holcombe of South Carolina opening his college acceptance letter. Why is it making the rounds? Because Rion has Down Syndrome, and he's overjoyed to learn he's been accepted into a special program at... More »

Batboy With Down Syndrome Gets His Own Baseball Card

Topps grants the honor to Ted Kremer of Cincinnati

(Newser) - Ted Kremer served as a guest batboy for the Cincinnati Reds for only one day last year, but he still managed to earn himself a little piece of baseball history. Topps has featured the 30-year-old with Down Syndrome on an official MLB card, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer . It shows Kremer—... More »

Down Syndrome 'Reversed' in Mice

Researchers were able to affect the growth of the cerebellum

(Newser) - We'll start by tempering expectations: The breakthrough you're about to read about has "no direct link" to a human treatment, reports AFP , but it's noteworthy nonetheless. Scientists say they've identified a molecule that "reverses" the effects of Down syndrome in mice. The molecule is... More »

Locals Beat Detroit Man Blamed in Teen's Rape

Neighbors say cops too slow; victim, suspect had disabilities

(Newser) - After a teen with Down syndrome was allegedly raped in Detroit, residents felt police were acting too slowly—so they took matters into their own hands. Using a baseball bat, several neighbors pursued and beat a man whom the victim's family and other locals accused of the sexual assault,... More »

Teen With Down Syndrome Climbs Mt. Everest

Eli Reimer accomplishes historic feat with his dad

(Newser) - Talk about a high achievement: Oregon teenager Eli Reimer became the first person with Down syndrome to reach the base camp of Mt. Everest, People reports. Reimer made the 10-day, 70-mile trek alongside his father and even led their group: "It was humbling, it was inspiring, just an amazing... More »

Special Olympian Calls Out Ann Coulter

Touching open letter questions Coulter's motives

(Newser) - Ann Coulter's recent tweet calling President Obama a "retard" caused a firestorm, but perhaps the best response comes in the form of an open letter from John Franklin Stephens, a 30-year-old athlete with Down syndrome. In this Special Olympics blog post , he ponders Coulter's choice of words:... More »

Down Syndrome Teen Kept Off Plane as 'Flight Risk'

Airline refuses to allow 'excitable' boy on flight

(Newser) - The parents of a 16-year-old boy with Down syndrome say that they've flown as a family dozens of times, but only had trouble when they tried going first class. The Vanderhorsts say that American Airlines refused to allow them to board their Newark-Los Angeles flight on Sunday, claiming that... More »

Imam Arrested for Framing Disabled Girl for Blasphemy

Witnesses say cleric tore Koran, put pages in girl's bag

(Newser) - A Muslim cleric was arrested today for framing a blasphemy accusation against an 11-year-old Christian girl who reportedly suffers from Down syndrome, reports Reuters . Witnesses said the cleric tore pages from a Koran and put them in the girl's bag, which led to the original outrage and charges against... More »

Disabled Girl, 11, Busted for Blasphemy in Pakistan

Mob threatens to torch Christian homes

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl apparently suffering from Down syndrome has been arrested in Pakistan for blasphemy. A mob demanded the Christian girl's arrest for allegedly desecrating pages of the Koran, and threatened to torch Christian homes outside Islamabad if she wasn't busted, reports the BBC . The girl's parents... More »

Couple Wins $2.9M for 'Wrongful Birth'

Would have terminated pregnancy if they knew baby had Down syndrome

(Newser) - An Oregon couple has been awarded $2.9 million in a case centered not around wrongful death, but wrongful birth. Ariel and Deborah Levy said they would have terminated their pregnancy had they known their daughter would have Down syndrome—but they were continually told the child would not. On... More »

Sarah Palin: Why Trig Is a Blessing

Palin reflects on life with a special-needs child

(Newser) - When Sarah Palin learned her baby, Trig, would be born with Down syndrome, she was so scared she "dared not discuss my pregnancy for many months," she writes in the Daily Beast . "All I could seem to muster was a calling out to God to prepare my... More »

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