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
Going to a ProtestPP rally? Here’s what you need to do.
First, thank you for your incredible dedication to standing up for preborn babies and their mothers over the past few weeks. Thank you for taking the time to participate in the #WomenBetrayed National Rally and Speak Out Day. It is because of you that our human rights movement has made huge strides in the last few weeks and really in the past several years in reaching mothers going into Planned Parenthood for an abortion. It’s because of you that images have been blasted all over the world of this generation demanding an end to abortion and focusing care on both the woman and her child.
Second, we must continue this momentum we have worked so hard to generate, especially as we have Planned Parenthood on their heels. They are reeling from what has been shown to the nation – that they sell the body parts of babies they abort and betray women for profit.
We need to reach Planned Parenthood’s would-be clientele with our messages. We need to speak to people on the fence about abortion, the mushy-middle. We need to change hearts and minds – showing women that they have other options and the American people that we don’t need Planned Parenthood.
Through our amazing #WomenBetrayed campaign, we have finally have been able to take that message to millions of people! Our message was heard loud and clear. We were talking to Planned Parenthood’s base. Pro-lifers already know that Planned Parenthood kills babies, sells their organs and body tissues, and lies to women.
Now is the time that we need to talk to those who truly don’t know.
Tomorrow, at the National Day of Protest outside Planned Parenthood facilities nationally, we have the chance to talk to these women and mushy-middle Americans again. Let’s use it wisely.
This is what you need to do if you are going to one of the protests:
Bring or make #WOMENBETRAYED signs and stand prominently behind the speakers so that people see you – and if media are there, your signs will be captured on tape.
Bring or make signs that say “I AM THE PRO-LIFE GENERATION” – we need to show America that young people are indeed pro-life.
Make signs that say “DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD,” “I REGRET MY ABORTION,” and “There is HOPE & HEALING after Abortion!” No organization that sells out women and their babies for profit deserves taxpayer funding.
Print out really cool maps from Alliance Defending Freedom that show there are way more federally funded health clinics than Planned Parenthoods, which provide the same services but not abortion. This is where taxpayer dollars that go to PP should be redirected to. Print out the maps here: /state-by-state-federally-qualified-health-centers/.
This is our moment in history to make a huge difference in the fight against abortion. Now is not the time to be complacent. We have to keep the pressure on Planned Parenthood and our elected official in Congress and also recognize that we also must keep talking to Planned Parenthood’s own clients and those outside of our movement.