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Friday, March 24, 2017

Genocide and the Reality About Down's Syndrome

I had my children in the 1980’s. Back then, there was a debate about whether or not to have ultrasounds. Some deemed the procedure too strong for the tiny baby, as the sound waves bounced off its little body. So, even though some of my friends had ultrasounds and knew whether they were expecting a boy or a girl, I opted not to. I had surprises with each birth.

Today, virtually every mother has ultrasounds at least once during pregnancy. A lot of people stage creative gender reveals, and most know ahead of birth if there’s any physical defect.

Sadly, most mothers who find out their child is going to have a defect are urged to abort.

Our own daughter was told it looked like something was wrong with her baby. She asked her midwives if this truly indicated a birth defect. They said that every time they had delivered a baby after the mother was advised about this particular problem, the baby was 100% fine! Can you imagine if mothers aborted absolutely healthy babies because they were advised the child had a problem? It happens all the time.

Please understand, I don’t believe in abortion for any reason. Why? Because abortion is actively, intentionally killing a human being. The sixth of the Ten Commandments says, Thou shalt not kill (Exodus 20:13). You can’t get any plainer than that!

We get back to the “problem” of birth defects. The mother is told her child has—or probably has—one or more difficulties. She's encouraged to abort her child. When mothers find out that their child has Down’s syndrome, many abort their babies.

It is genocide!

Genocide—the deliberate killing of a large group of people

In Spain and the rest of Europe, 90% of unborn babies diagnosed with Trisomy 21 (Down's syndrome) are aborted. In Iceland, not one baby with Down’s syndrome has been born in the last five years.* All were killed. It’s estimated that in the U. S. A. 67% of unborn children diagnosed with Down’s syndrome are aborted.**

There’s an excellent article by BBC News with video and photos that you can access here. It includes an interview with a mom who decided to have her son and the difference he made in their family. Here's another one, with ABC News, about a mom's rejoicing over her little boy. You can watch it here.

I decided to ask moms of children with Down’s syndrome to answer this question: How has your Down’s child changed your family? Here are their answers:
  • “Our son has brought us the meaning of unconditional love and acceptance to all. He’s opened our eyes to a whole other world of special needs. He has also taught us to show love in very open ways! But, he notices the smallest change in body language and knows when people are feeling a certain way—goes to them and comforts them. It has taught us to be more open with our praise and affection to others. He has taught us to slow down and enjoy life!”
  • “My son is such a miracle—a gift for me every day, straight from God's funny bone. He has brought love without boundaries, forgiveness without conditions . . . . I wake up to a teenager telling me, ‘Sweetheart, you're beautiful. I love you, I'll miss you.’ Who gets that in their life from a sixteen-year-old? The specialists mentioned Down’s syndrome when I was four months pregnant. I didn’t know then the tears would be tears of joy. ‘Fearfully and wonderfully made’ takes on a meaning of its own.”
  • “I enjoy the little things and the journey so much more. Things I took for granted with my other children are such great causes for celebration with my little guy. I see people in a new way. He teaches me that every day. He has an innate ability to read people's emotions that is amazing. For example, one Sunday a lady who had recently lost her husband had returned to church. As she was leaving, he called ‘wait’ and ran to her and gave her a big hug and kiss. He has never done that before. But at four years old, he knew she needed an extra hug. He has taught me to look beyond a diagnosis and see the amazing person behind it. He has definitely changed my life for the better in every way!”

A child with Down’s syndrome is a blessing! He’s a life changer. He’s sweet and caring and sensitive. He's extraordinary!

Let’s oppose abortion and encourage moms who find out their unborn babies might have a congenital defect to go ahead and have their little blessings. Let’s be supportive and encouraging.

An extra chromosome means extra love!

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: 
marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 
My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, 
and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; 
and in thy book all my members were written, 
which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. 
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! 
How great is the sum of them! (Psalm 139:14-17)


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