Affirm to Congress the value of people with Down syndrome
Recently, CBS published a truly horrendous article about the abortion of children with Down syndrome. The headline read: “Iceland is on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion.” That’s right, CBS thought that by aborting virtually every baby who has Down syndrome, Iceland is “eliminate[ing] Down syndrome.”
But unfortunately, CBS isn’t alone in arguing all babies with Down syndrome should be aborted. Some social scientists are even arguing parents who choose not to abort their child with Down syndrome should pay a fine. Tragically, 85 percent of preborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome will be aborted.
There is tremendous pressure on our government to disregard people with Down syndrome. Fortunately, the perfect advocate has stepped up to the plate. Frank Stephens, a man with Down syndrome, testified before House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, that his life is worth living!
Please join the voice of Frank Stephens and tell the committee that we value Down syndrome lives. Ask the committee to fund research to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome. All people have inherent value and people with Down syndrome bring tremendous happiness to our communities.
“Sadly, across the world, a notion is being sold that maybe we don’t need research concerning Down syndrome. Some people say prenatal screens will identify Down syndrome in the womb, and those pregnancies will just be terminated,” said Stephens. “Seriously, I don’t feel I should have to justify my existence. Is there really no place for us in the world?”
Stephens is a Quincy Jones Advocate at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and a Special Olympics Virginia athlete.
“Let’s be America, not Iceland or Denmark,” Stephens stated, referring to the above-mentioned recent reports chronicling the extremely high abortion rate of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome in those countries.
“Whatever you learn today, please remember this,” Mr. Stephens stated, “I am a man with Down syndrome and my life is worth living.”
Killing every unborn baby with a certain condition is not a cure for that condition—it’s straight up eugenics. It’s the same system that led to racism in this country and Nazism and the Holocaust abroad.
Let’s stand with Stephens and ask the committee to reserve resources for improving the lives of people with Down syndrome. No one should ever have to justify their existence. All people are made in the image of God and have inherent value and worth –including those born with an extra chromosome.
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