As I blog, I’m entering my thirty-third week of pregnancy — the home stretch. Meanwhile, our little miracle is all kinds of wiggly, making my belly dance.
Early in our pregnancy, our doctor asked if we’d like the baby tested for Down’s Syndrome. We’d already decided against testing for one very simple reason: our child would be loved the same regardless. Destroying this precious growing life because she might be a bit different or need particular attentions was never an option. We were required to sign a waiver declining the testing.
So then I see videos like this one published by BBC3 earlier this month. If ever there was a reminder that every life is unique and special, it’s this:
Down’s Syndrome is not debilitating, nor does it make those gifted with an extra chromosome any less of a person. Yet despite the trend towards normalization and destigmatization of so many issues, conditions, and challenges, Down’s Syndrome is still viewed as cause and often encouraged as reason to prematurely end pregnancy.
The same progressive anti-life crowd that believes they own the trademark on diversity, spends an inordinate amount of effort attempting to homogenize the human race and purge from it “deformities” that enlighten, expand, and challenge us to appreciate each life individually. The broader implication would be eradicating a group of people from the face of the planet, why? Because their intellectual development runs at a slower pace.
The termination rate for Down’s Syndrome pregnancies is alarmingly high. Statistics range from a staggering 67% in the U.S. to 92% in the U.K.
Every pregnant woman has heard multiple horror stories from friends or friends of friends wherein test results came back back with horrifying results, only for the babies to be born completely healthy.
“People sometimes do come up with words like “Down’s Syndrome sufferer”. The only thing I suffer from is bad attitudes,” says one of the interviewees.
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