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Columnist George Will celebrates 40th birthday of his Down-syndrome son

May 03, 2012

Veteran Washington Post columnist George Will reflects on the 40th birthday of his son Jon, who in handicapped with Down syndrome but blessed with serenity and an “underdeveloped entitlement mentality.”

Today Down syndrome is readily detected in pre-natal tests, and doctors routinely advise parents to abort the children, Will notes. “Which is unfortunate, and not just for them. Judging by Jon, the world would be improved by more people with Down syndrome, who are quite nice, as humans go.”


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  • Posted by: koinonia - May. 03, 2012 6:59 PM ET USA

    The article is quite good and reveals perhaps a more tender side to Will that might not otherwise be readily appreciated.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - May. 03, 2012 5:51 PM ET USA

    So, I might add, are most other people. They are nice to be around. We should have more of them.