The Pre-Natal Screening Debate Requires an Updated Perspective – Huffington Post – October 2016

2016 may go down as the year that people like our daughter Rosie become extinct. She is happy, healthy, and full of joy. Her emotional intelligence will likely be higher than most. Her IQ will likely be lower. For all this, she has every chance of leading a working, independent life. We’re still going to Read more about The Pre-Natal Screening Debate Requires an Updated Perspective – Huffington Post – October 2016[…]

Who Wants to Live in a World Without Rosies? – March 2016

THIS year may go down as the pivotal moment in history that led to people like our daughter Rosie becoming extinct. Mankind may reflect for centuries to come about a particular species of human being, with a subtly different genetic profile, high in emotional intelligence, with a lower than average IQ, that was systematically eradicated Read more about Who Wants to Live in a World Without Rosies? – March 2016[…]

What Not to Say About Rosie – March 2015

YOU will be your child’s greatest handicap.” Those words were spoken to me by Pandora Summerfield 12 months ago, after I’d written an essay about the shock journey my wife and I took following the birth of our daughter Rosie, who has Down’s Syndrome. Summerfield is chief executive of Down’s Syndrome Scotland, and her prophecy Read more about What Not to Say About Rosie – March 2015[…]

Once I would have agreed with Dawkins. Then my daughter was born with Down’s Syndrome. – The Independent – August 2014

“Abort it and try again”. That is Professor Dawkins’ opinion on the course of action one should take if you find out that your unborn foetus has Down’s Syndrome. I speak as someone who is a fan of Dawkins’ books, has an academic science education, is considered to be expert in the field in which Read more about Once I would have agreed with Dawkins. Then my daughter was born with Down’s Syndrome. – The Independent – August 2014[…]

Getting to Know Rosie – March 2014

MY wife noticed first. Barely half an hour had passed since the birth of our second daughter, Rosie, when Victoria remarked that she couldn’t tell who the baby looked like. She then asked if I thought she had Down’s Syndrome. I laughed at first, thinking that the drugs from the caesarean section were still affecting Read more about Getting to Know Rosie – March 2014[…]