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
Our Pink Van Showed Up at Cecile Richards’ Event Today
Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain, made a quick stop at Temple University in Philadelphia this morning to talk to all of 39 students about why “reproductive health” (aka abortion) is so important this election.
It is important. One party believes in abortion until the moment of birth for any reason whatsoever. Cecile Richards is adamant about supporting that position and about making sure politicians are elected that continue to write half a billion dollar checks each year to her organization.
But back to Temple University this morning. The incredible Students for Life group at Temple found out about the event just yesterday and immediately emailed their SFLA Regional Coordinator, Michele (well done!). Michele then set in motion plans to get one of our awesome vans from the #PinkFleet that’s traveling with the Cycle of Corruption campus tour up to the Temple campus today.
In the meantime, Temple Students for Life recruited students to meet us at the university and set up our Planned Parenthood Project display and hand out postcards that corresponded to that display, which uses facts and figures from Planned Parenthood’s own annual report to show they push abortion above all else and receive an astounding amount of taxpayer money. They also handed out postcards that explained Planned Parenthood’s corrupt role in the political process.
The event was put together in less than 24 hours and we are so proud of Temple Students for Life and our team!
This is the passion of the Pro-Life Generation – a passion to show that we care deeply about both mom and baby and that we believe in educating our peers to expose Planned Parenthood’s shady business practices and their daily betrayal of women.
If you hear that Cecile Richards is coming to your campus and you want our #PinkFleet van to show up, email your Regional Coordinator as soon as you find out!