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
What an incredible day today in Washington, DC at the March for Life, which commemorates the anniversary of the US Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy for any reason whatsoever.
Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life of America, spoke at the March for Life main stage about her son Gunner who has cystic fibrosis. She pleaded with the crowd to talk about the issue of prenatal testing and how detrimental that can be to a baby diagnosed with a genetic disorder.
Then our team at Students for Life of America marched up to the Supreme Court.
There were hundreds of thousands of young pro-lifers there today, it was quite the sight to behold. When we got to the Supreme Court, we were met with a couple dozen pro-choice radicals who were shouting “abortion on demand and without apology.” They were blocking the road.
Kristan took the bullhorn and rallied all pro-lifers to chant “We Are The Pro-Life Generation.” Everyone was so inspired by Kristan’s passion and followed her lead!
Then after the March, Kristan led about 50 young women over to the office of Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) to tell her that young women in the Millennial generation are pro-life. She led a caucus of women against the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act today, which would have banned abortions after 20 weeks. She calls herself pro-life but then turned around and threw a fit over a bill that she voted on two years ago and then had the nerve to blame women and Millennials – she said if they House brought up the bill, then they would lose these demographics…demographics, by the way, which overwhelmingly support banning abortions after 20 weeks.
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