The following Press Release is by Mike Sullivan from the SavingDowns website
Otago University Bioethics Director must resign following discriminatory paper on Down syndrome
Saving Downs demands the resignation of Otago University’s Director of Bioethics following the publishing last week of a highly offensive and discriminatory paper about prenatal testing for Down syndrome. (Gareth Jones is pictured)
Professor Jones acknowledges that “prenatal testing may result in fewer people with Down syndrome” and then attempts to dismiss any ethical concerns over such an outcome. Such a possibility is extremely problematic as it devalues the lives of people with Down syndrome by reducing their birth prevalence. It is in direct conflict with basic principles of human rights and dignity.
Professor Jones states in his paper: