Good afternoon. My name is Charlotte Helene Fien. I am 21 years old and have Down syndrome and Autism.
In the 1930s and 1940s the Nazis decided to get rid of all disabled people. More than 200,000 disabled people were murdered, including many children with Down syndrome.
Today, the same thing is happening. A test that checks for Down syndrome is being used to kill all babies with Down syndrome. In Iceland, Denmark and China not a single baby with Down Syndrome has been born for 7 years. Seven years!
The goal is to eradicate Down syndrome in future. This makes me angry and very sad. I have Down syndrome. I am not suffering. I am not ill. None of my friends who have Down syndrome are suffering either. We all live happy lives. We go out to the pub, have dinner parties at my friend Aimee’s house, have boyfriends and have plans and goals for the future!
We just have an extra chromosome, but we are still human beings. We are human beings! We are not monsters. Don’t be afraid of us. We are people with different abilities and strengths.
Don’t feel sorry for me, my life is great! My goals are to find a job I love. I love golf and would like to teach children to play. I’ve been playing golf since I was 6 years old. I want to live independently one day and support myself with my job. I already travel on my own to different places, even abroad. Don’t be afraid of me or feel sorry for me. I’m just like you. I’m just like you but different. I have an extra chromosome. It’s not stopping me from enjoying my life.
Please do not try to kill us all off. Do not allow this test. If you do allow it you are no better than the Nazis who killed 200,000 disabled people. I have a right to live and so do other people like me.