Criticism Of Gerber: The Family Of The First Gerber Baby With Down Syndrome Speak Out
February 15, 2018 17:30 By Fabiosa
Have you met Lucas Warren? If you’ve ever held some Gerber baby food in your hands, you might have probably seen his face on the packs. The thing is that Lucas was announced as the 2018 ‘Gerber Baby’, and he was the first baby with Down syndrome. He was chosen among 140,000 other babies, and his parents, Jason and Cortney Warren, were completely shocked when they learned the news.
From one side, it’s a great victory that finally our society grows responsible and sympathetic, but on the other side, the family of the little Lucas has lots of apprehensions towards all the publicity. They worry that the society might treat their little boy with cruelty and bias due to his disease.
In fact, that’s exactly what’s happened. Lots of people claimed Gerber just used the baby boy for its promotion. While in the real life, Gerber’s insurance company rejects life insurance coverage for other children with Down syndrome.
However, the parents of Lucas still believe that the example of their son will help get more attention to people with Down syndrome.
We were denied a Gerber life insurance policy for my son who has Down Syndrome. He’ll be 13 in June.
— Anjennette (@ASquisheeee1) February 7, 2018
@GerberLife has denied thousands of parents and children with Down Syndrome the right and ability to secure themselves with life insurance with denial letters stating "Due to Life expectancy". I know as WE were denied. pic.twitter.com/erv27nBboW
— Bronx137 (@Robster151) February 7, 2018
— Louise Kinross (@LouiseKinross) February 9, 2018
I wonder how many children with Down syndrome Gerber life (an affiliated company, both under Nestle) turns down for life insurance each year. It's just business I guess ... /2
— David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) February 9, 2018
In fact, little do we know how many people actually have the syndrome. We just don’t see them so often. About 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome each year in the USA.