January Event-in-a-Box: Fetal Abnormalities:I have written and re-written this blog article a few times. It is hard to find the right words for this topic because so much of the information that I found is heartbreaking. Amid all the tragedy around the world, “more love less hate” is the chant of much of our society. Ironically, a certain population has been given a death sentence from society and is even the target of “killing off” their entire population. This demographic of individuals has the capacity to love and empathize in a way that I believe more of us need to learn.
Iceland’s attempt to eliminate an entire population of human beings- using abortion- that just so happen to be individuals with Down Syndrome is by no other word, wrong. News stories can be found with headlines such as “Iceland has practically eliminated Down Syndrome”. No, Iceland, you’ve eliminated people, you’ve eliminated future generations- without acknowledging the devastation that abortion can bring about. Does the word Holocaust come to mind?
In a report done by CBS, “Since prenatal screening tests were introduced in Iceland in the early 2000s, the vast majority of women -- close to 100 percent -- who received a positive test for Down syndrome terminated their pregnancy.” And the US is not far behind with a termination rate of 67 percent!
Let’s talk about these wonderful individuals that society has deemed “undeserving of life”.
Facts and mythsMyth: People with Down Syndrome won’t live long
Fact: Research has shown that individuals with Down’s can live to be 60 years old or even older- with proper medical guidance.
Myth: People with Down Syndrome cannot live a mainstream lifestyle.
Fact: Most people with Down syndrome learn to walk and talk, and many are now attending mainstream schools, passing exams and living full, semi-independent adult lives. Examples of this can be seen all over Hollywood!
Myth: Down Syndrome only occurs in pregnancies of women over 35 years old.
Fact: due to higher fertility rates in younger women, 80% of children with Down syndrome are born to women under 35 years of age.
I don’t think the issue lies in the access to abortion, which obviously plays a huge role in this crisis. Instead, I think the larger problem stems from society’s inability to recognize personhood and lack of knowledge of when human rights, more so when human life, begins. This issue does not just affect those with Down Syndrome, it is the way our culture reassures mothers that their child with a poor prenatal diagnosis, of any abnormality, is better left terminated. The problem lies in our culture not valuing every single life as unique and worthy.
January Event in a Box
This month we want to focus on how your group responds to the argument of fetal abnormalities and Human Rights. As a group, put together your objections to the fetal abnormality debate - here are SFLA’s objections:
The preborn child is a human being. As a human being, he or she deserves the right to Life that is protected by our constitutional law and promoted at large in society. To abort the child is to intentionallyend his/her life.
Even if the child is expected to die (during pregnancy or soon after), aborting the child will only add to the family’s grief. It forces the family to intentionally and violently end their child’s life. Instead, perinatal hospice allows parents to just be parents to their child, and enjoy the time they have with their child while providing specific comfort care to their baby.
Carrying the child to term and spending a few final moments with the child allows the mother and the family to come to terms with their child’s death and to spend a short-time with their child before his/her passing. This child’s short life will be filled with love rather than violently ended in the womb.
Have a discussion on your campus about the Iceland Down Syndrome crisis, how would you respond if the US started doing this? This will spark conversation about human rights and when life begins. RECRUITMENT!
In the Box
Fetal Abnormalities postcard
Down Syndrome Facts Flyer
Human Rights Tabletop Preview- ask your RC about bringing it to your campus
For one week (July 7- July 13) I was so blessed to have been part of the Students for Life of America #Stand4Life Bus Tour. It was an experience unlike any other I have ever encountered before! I haven’t done much activism in the pro-life movement and I had never been to Texas so I was ecstatic about being able to be part of this trip. Even the 30 hour bus ride excited me! If that doesn’t show my level of excitement, I don’t know what will!
When we arrived on Monday afternoon after the long bus ride, we jumped right into activism. We headed to the “Let Texas Speak Rally” in the Open Air Rotunda of the Texas State Capitol (which, by the way, is gorgeous!)
Here is a photo of me at the rally holding a sign I made – the orange is in reference to the color pro-aborts wore:
We did a number of other activism events throughout the week, like silently praying outside of a Planned Parenthood, handing out food and water to people at the Capitol (both pro-lifers and pro-aborts), and being silent witnesses for Life in the main Rotunda (my personal favorite).
The craziest day was definitely Friday. There were way more people at the Capitol on Friday than there had been any other day during the week and they started getting in line for the Senate Gallery at 5am. Some pro-aborts showed up with bottles of feces, urine, paint, tampons, and bricks with intentions of throwing them at pro-lifers and onto the gallery floor. They came prepared with sharpies and phone numbers for lawyers so that if they were arrested they could get bailed out quickly and come right back. A friend and I sat in the rotunda and said the Rosary a few times before we got into the gallery line. We waited in line for almost 6 hours when we got a text warning us to leave the rotunda and head to our safe room because DPS was concerned for the well being of everyone wearing pro-life blue.
A group of about 50-60 people jammed into Texas State Rep. Bryan Hughes’ office and watched the livestream of the second Senate vote passing. There was a lot of craziness going on in the gallery (people handcuffing themselves and I am so thankful that I was safe in the office! We stayed put to wait for the third and final vote to take place. The pro aborts were still screaming and causing a huge uproar, a few more were arrested. Shortly after the second vote it was time for the third and final vote – which passed, WOOHOO!! The room went crazy! People were cheering, jumping up and down, and crying tears of joy! I have never felt more blessed and proud to have been part of such an outstanding moment in history.
I want to thank Students for Life and all the donors that made this trip possible. I also want to thank Reps. Bryan Hughes, Steve Toth, and everyone else who helped us out while we were in TX! God Bless you all and keep fighting for Life!