Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Most Dangerous Prenatal Condition = Down Syndrome

The statistics are disturbing. If a child in the womb is diagnosed with Down Syndrome, it is aborted in more than 9 out of 10 pregnancies. God have mercy.

We have fulfilled the mandate of the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, who advocated getting rid of the undesirables by spreading abortion and contraception. She once wrote:
"As an advocate of birth control I wish...to point out that the unbalance between the birth rate of the 'unfit' and the 'fit,' admittedly the greatest present menace to civilization, can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes. In this matter, the example of the inferior classes, the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken classes, should not be held up for emulation....On the contrary, the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.
Margaret Sanger. "The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda."
--Birth Control Review, October 1921

An article from the New York Times tells both sides of the story. But, the justifications for aborting a baby with Down Syndrome seem tired and selfish:
“There are many couples who do not want to have a baby with Down syndrome,” said Deborah A. Driscoll, chief of the obstetrics department at the University of Pennsylvania and a lead author of the new recommendation from the obstetricians’ group. “They don’t have the resources, don’t have the emotional stamina, don’t have the family support. We are recommending this testing be offered so that parents have a choice.”
Killing a child so you don't have to worry about being tired, emotionally drained, or have less money is outrageous.

I have good friends who had several signs for Down Syndrome show up on their prenatal tests. The doctor asked "when do you want to schedule the termination?" He didn't even ask if they wanted to keep their baby! The child does not have down syndrome. But, the assumption was that the child should be killed if there is a chance.

They don't go to that doctor any more.


Teresa Cody said...

You are right on the money!!! There is medical treatment for Down syndrome. Check it out on the Changing Minds Foundation website and spread the word. Maybe we can save some babies. Don't you think people would be less likely to abort their babies if they knew there was treatment for the cognitive impairments?
Founder: Teresa Cody

The Ironic Catholic said...

This is so very right on. It says volumes about us a people, to have a voluntary abortion rate like this.

This is one reason I am so gung ho about Reece's Rainbow, which works to advocate for the adoption of kids with Down Syndrome. It's a remarkable Christian ministry site which works primarily with special needs kids in Eastern Europe, where they may not be aborted--but they are more or less thrown away. It's stunning. I'm campaigning to raise money for the adoption of a little girl with cerebral palsy (Reece's rainbow keeps the money in a grant for the child's adoptive parents, to cover international adoption costs). http://www.helpforTori.blogspot.com . There are lots of ways to be prolife this "Respect Life" month, but the closer you look, the more you see--its all connected.

Amanda Borenstadt said...

I just don't understand it. Not these days. Didn't most of the people having kids right now go to school with kids with Down syndrome? It's not such a strange mystery to be feared.

I assisted in the special ed. class in high school, so maybe that's why I cannot fathom this trend. But I cannot imagine killing any baby in the womb for any reason. It's just heartbreaking. :(

Teresa said...

This is spot on!! Killing an unborn baby is unconscionable and done out of pure selfishness. Babies are God's gift to us whether they have down syndrome or not.