Changes in societal attitudes toward Down syndrome diagnoses confirm what many parents, friends, co-workers, and teachers have known for years.
It has never been a better time to be a person with Down syndrome, unless he is still in the womb.
I empathize with these women because I know what it feels like to have a doctor tell you your child could die in utero or live a hard life. But it doesn’t justify abortion as a necessary evil.
Depending on the risk profile, as many as half of the positive results of some types of tests could be false. This is causing mothers to abort perfectly healthy babies.
Promising new medical technologies are providing new hope to parents who were previously told their options were abortion or a painful life for their baby.
Even Richard Dawkins tweeted it would be immoral to have a child who would suffer because of his genetics. I’m sure we’re on solid ground here.
Frankly, a lot of Down Syndrome people are better than a lot of other people are. And the idea that they shouldn’t exist is chilling and horrifying.
Killing those with Down syndrome serves no rational purpose. It is a policy born of ignorance and fear. Worse, what it communicates to those so affected is simply unimaginable.
Real compassion means supporting parents who make the difficult decision to accept their babies as they are, and to love them when they’re born.
We parents of disabled children know the pain. The fear. And the pull of despair. But we also know the love. True love doesn’t take the ‘out’ provided by a ‘compassionate’ doctor.
Thomas and I shared a special bond. I am beyond grateful that I did not miss the opportunity of experiencing many special moments with him.
I am aware of the future Meredith Isaksen’s son was facing. Following her logic, my mother should have aborted me.
Carrying my son in my body did not give me the right to take his life because he didn’t fit into the preconceived notions I had about what I wanted out of a child.
Doctors said my baby would have Down Syndrome, and pushed me to abort the child. I had never realized how much discrimination these unborn children face.
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