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
7 Things We Noticed About Planned Parenthood’s Annual Report
Planned Parenthood finally, finally released their 2015-2016 annual report – only four months late! There are a number of interesting facts that taxpayers – their main stakeholders – can glean from it.
It also shows why we must defund Planned Parenthood and we must do it now. Can you call your Senator and tell them to vote to defund PP?
Here are our top seven observations:
1 – Abortions increased from 323,999 up to 328,348. They now commit 897 abortions PER DAY.
2 – Taxpayer money increased to Planned Parenthood from $553,700,000 up to $554,600,000.
3 – Prenatal care has significantly decreased. No surprise given Live Action’s investigation into the supposed prenatal care that Planned Parenthood provides (spoiler: hardly anything). In 2014-2015, they served 17,419 individuals for prenatal care. In 2015-2016, that number is nearly cut in half at 9,419.
4 – The number of clients decreased 100,000 from 2.5 million to 2.4 million and cancer screenings, pap tests, and breast exams all decreased. By comparison, in 2005-2006, Planned Parenthood did 2,007,371 cancer screenings and had 3.1 million clients. This year’s report of 2015-2016 shows Planned Parenthood did only 665,234 cancer screenings and had 2.4 million clients. Oh, and they only got $336,700,000 in taxpayer funds in 2006 versus over $554,600,000 in 2015.
5 – Planned Parenthood has also added to the report “Well-Woman Exams” and
“Miscarriage Care”, which are completely new categories and are not explained.
6 – Planned Parenthood claims 300 campus groups, which is up from 275 in previous reports. #Sorrynotsorry but this cracks us up. In the last three months of 2015, Students for Life started 115 new groups alone. All together, we have over 1,140. The Pro-Life Generation is winning.
7 – Planned Parenthood committed more abortions than they did breast exams last year. Abortion is their business.
Students for Life of America president Kristan Hawkins said:
“Now we know why the nation’s largest abortion provider took so long to release their annual report: their messaging for months has been revealed to be smoke and mirrors. They get more money than ever from the government while serving less and less people. The number of abortions have increased while the number of cancer screenings, breast exams, and pap tests continue to plummet.
“They have proven that they hold the number one spot in our nation as the Wal-Mart of the abortion industry and their fight to prove they deserve government funding is a complete farce. There are literally thousands of other federally-funded centers that offer true healthcare, are more accessible and affordable than Planned Parenthood, and aren’t riddled with scandal. Those are the healthcare centers that our federal dollars should be redirected towards, not Planned Parenthood.”