Parents Are Furious Over ‘Let’s Make Down’s Syndrome Extinct’ T-Shirt

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There are hundreds of thousands of people around the world who have Down’s Syndrome, and this is certainly nothing to be ashamed of.

The genetic disorder is now more embraced and accepted than ever, but of course, there are still some cruel people out there who enjoy making fun out of those with the disorder.

Keep scrolling to learn about the disgusting “Let’s Make Down’s Syndrome Extinct” t-shirt that has caused a lot of outrage…

Down’s Syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects many people around the world…

And it is impossible to prevent a baby from being born with the disorder.

But what exactly causes Down’s Syndrome?

Down’s Syndrome occurs when an extra copy of a chromosome is present at the time of conception… Specifically, a full or partial copy of chromosome 21.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year in the United States, around six-thousand babies are born with Down’s syndrome, equating to around 1 in every 700 babies born.

Heart, intestinal, ear, nose, throat, or thyroid issues can come hand in hand with someone who lives with Down’s syndrome.

The condition affects people differently and at varying scales. Some people will need more regular care whereas others run their own houses and have jobs.

There are so many misconceptions about the condition…

One of the main ones being that someone living with Down’s Syndrome is incapable of living an independent life with their own family – something which is completely false. 

And there are way too many cruel people out there who make fun of those with Down’s Syndrome.

And it is all over a t-shirt originally listed on Amazon.

A woman tweeted a picture of it online, saying, “@AmazonUK, why are you selling this product? Take it down please it’s deeply offensive.”

Of course, it caused a lot of anger…

And after a petition was created to have the t-shirt removed from the website, Amazon eventually took action and removed the hateful product.

Including Rachel Mewes, the mom of 2-year-old Betsy who has Down’s syndrome.

She said, “Amazon UK selling and promoting this product is dehumanizing for anyone with Down’s Syndrome. It’s discrimination and it’s verging on promoting hate crime.”

She feels that the t-shirt shares an extremely frightening message…

“It’s very, very ignorant and shows a lack of tolerance, inclusion, and acceptance. I dread to think how many people have actually looked at it and bought it. It shouldn’t even exist,” Rachel explained. “If you’ve got Down’s Syndrome and see a product like that saying they want to make your condition extinct – that’s very frightening.”  

Caroline Wylde is also the mom to a 2-year-old with Down’s Syndrome, and she said, “There are some really horrible people out there – but to see Amazon do that, especially with Down’s Syndrome Day coming up, it’s like it was put there on purpose.”  

“Someone sent [the link] to me because they knew I’d go mad. I thought ‘could somebody have just put it out there and it’s not for sale?’ I couldn’t believe it at first. But I typed in the slogan on the t-shirt into Amazon and it came up. It was there straight away in every single size. It’s really hard to see stuff like that,” she explained.

Caroline added, “My little boy has Down’s Syndrome so obviously that’s going to make me more upset, but if I saw it and didn’t have him, I’d still think it was disgusting.”

In the meantime, make sure to keep scrolling to learn about the teenager with Down’s syndrome who went on to become a model after doctors urged her family to institutionalize her…