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
Tonight, SFLA had a very special conference call with our Midwest Students for Life leaders talking about the importance of the June 5th Wisconsin recall election for the pro-life movement. Please listen to the replay of our conference call with special guest Phyllis Schlafly, Founder of Eagle Forum, to learn why you and your pro-life…
Abby Johnson, former Director of a TX Planned Parenthood, speaks at the University of Washington about the grim reality of abortion and about the abortion industry. She was interrupted by a series pro-abortion protestors who refuse to let her voice be heard. So much for having an honest and fair discussion about abortion… Watch video: Abby…
Pastor and Pro-Life leaders arrested today at the White House during a prayer vigil for oppressed human rights activist, Chen Guangcheng, known for speaking out against China’s policy of forced abortion. Pro-Life and Human Rights advocates gathered today at the White House to ask Secretary of State Clinton and President Obama to take action now…
Starting a student organization can be daunting. Besides deciding when you are going to meet and what your group is going to do, universities require students to follow all sorts of rules and procedures before a group can gain official recognition. And once your group is up and running, you will need money to plan…
This Thursday, May 3rd at 10pm EST EWTN’s Life on the Rock program will be featuring SFLA’s Pregnant on Campus initiative. Please tune in as Kristan Hawkins shares about the mission and success of this initiative. Kristan will be joined by former Sacramento State Students for Life president and past Wilberforce Leadership Fellow, Meghan Redmond,…
Listen to the Webcast Now! Ever wonder how to take your passion and experience in the pro-life campus movement into full time work after graduation? If your answer is “yes,” then please listen to the webcast below hear from pro-life leaders and from students who turned their passion into a career. Also, be sure to…
12 weeks ago, Maria found herself pregnant at 19 years old, in her junior year in college, and very far away from any relatives or family. When Maria found the courage to tell her parents, who live in Peru, she found herself being pressured to have an abortion or be disowned from the family. Scared,…
Aggies for Life is one of the most hardworking and creative pro-life campus groups that Students for Life of America has had the honor of working with. Just in March, Aggies for Life held a very successful fundraiser, participated in 40 Days for Life, attended the Texas Right to Life Pro-life Students Conference, saw October Baby during it’s opening weekend and did community service. And that’s not all! Aggies for Life also hosted Run…