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
Weeks 4 & 5 of the We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood Tour
During weeks four and five of the We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood tour, SFLA was at over two dozen campuses from California to Ohio. Here are just a few highlights. Also, to learn more, go to www.wedontneedpp.com.
Local media showed Union University in Jackson, TN some love:
Some pro-abortion protesters at Ohio State University chalked around the area where our display was set up and just hung out near us the whole time:
“free abortion on demand”
At Colorado University-Boulder, Bethany Janzen, SFLA’s Rocky Mountain Regional Coordinator, relayed this story of the courageous SFL group on campus:
A couple weeks ago, CU Boulder Students for Life found out that Planned Parenthood was holding a rally on campus. So they decided to table and educate their peers on why We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood during the rally. When we arrived this morning, the facilities crew informed us that Planned Parenthood had accidentally set up on our table in the very front of the rally location.
After an awkward exchange, the Planned Parenthood staff moved and we set up our info on community health centers, the problems with legal abortion, and Planned Parenthood’s real plans – right in front of the rally.
During the rally (which maybe 40 students attended – a far cry from the 400 PP had planned for), we passed out a lot of cards on Planned Parenthood (I think most people thought we were with PP) and had great conversations! The campus security and police stood by to make sure that we were safe! (At least that’s what we were thinking!)
One girl wearing a Planned Parenthood pin came up to us and asked why we wanted to defund PP. We told her that we care about women and want them to get wholistic care. She walked away thanking us for being there.
A minority student said that he doesn’t like PP because of their racist and eugenist roots. He was excited to sign the letter to Congress to defund PP!
One girl and guy asked what we were about and I handed them the info cards on government funded community health centers and Planned Parenthood’s plan. “This is awesome!” the girl said.
Me: “What to sign a letter to Congress asking them to defund Planned Parenthood?”
*She signs it*
Her: “I *** LOVE Planned Parenthood!”
Me: “Well, in full disclosure we aren’t with Planned Parenthood. We’re wanting to inform people on their other options.”
Her: “That’s great!”
I’m still not sure if she realized that we weren’t with PP…
In the Midwest, Planned Parenthood managed to put together this flyer for their supporters to print out and hand out next to our display. They’ve noticed us, which is great. The flyer is inaccurate by the way.