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
Waco Students for Life Groups Up the Ante in the #Sockit2PP Competition
Students for Life of America is hosting a competition among all its groups – college, high school, med/law, and young adult – to see which group can collect the most baby socks in our #Sockit2PP campaign.
Because our students are insanely awesome, they have taken this challenge and ran with it.
Three Students for Life groups in Waco, Texas – Reicher SFL at Reicher Catholic High School, Bears for Life at Baylor University, and Waco SFL, which is a homeschool group – went out and bought 2,000 baby socks already and tabled at their churches this past weekend.
Carson Macik is the president of Reicher Students for Life and is heading up the entire operation in Waco. We asked him about his motivation for the campaign to defund Planned Parenthood through the #Sockit2PP campaign:
“I think this generation has an opportunity that no other generation has had before. With advancing technology, innovative communication techniques, and an overwhelming passion among the millennials to protect the dignity of every human life (mother and child), we are finally marching up a civil-rights mountain that the greats like Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and Saint Mother Teresa conquered before us.
“The majority of people realize the ethical and legal abolitionists who name themselves the ‘pro-choicers’ are really the guardians of the merciless killing of innocent children and that a just society must oppose such a needless loss of life. We are here, standing for freedom and liberty for those lives in the womb — supposed to be the safest place on earth for a child — through the #sockit2pp campaign effort and through the pro-life movement in general. We will succeed because the truth lies in our hands.”
The groups tabled at about half a dozen churches this past weekend and have already reached out to 50 more in the area. They are contacting several businesses around town and will table in public places as well
This group is fearless, ambitious and ready to #Sockit2PP.
Has your group done a cool #Sockit2PP or are planning something really interesting to grab attention for the baby socks campaign? Let us at Students for Life know! We love to feature what our groups are doing.
And if you haven’t entered the #Sockit2PP competition, do it now! You can win a trip for five to the SFLA National Conference in January plus other cool prizes. Start by downloading the #SockIt2PP COMPETITION ENTRY FORM and follow the instructions to send it in. Then download our DIGITAL TOOLKIT which provides the info you need to get started!