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
Medical Students for Life (Med SFLA), an outreach of Students for Life of America, is launching the second half of its national Bioethics Symposium and Tour this week beginning with a private gathering with University Minnesota medical students and a presentation at Minnesota’s Mayo Medical School on March 16th from 12-1pm, at Saint John’s: 1 4th Avenue Southwest Rochester, MN, just down the street from Mayo Medical School. All media are welcome.
The first half of the tour swept across the southeast United States and stopped eleven times to host symposiums at numerous medical schools and universities, and coincided with the February 18th actions by the Obama Administration to gut the only federal regulation protecting the conscience rights of medical professionals.
Dr. John could not start his presentation initially because the medical students kept coming in. 30, 40, eventually 60 medical students packed the lecture room at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine to hear Dr. John get back to basics with them. “I did abortions, until I started listening to my patients,” the students…
Dr. John and I jumped in the car for the next 134 miles of the tour, traveling to the Louisiana city ravaged just 5 years ago by Hurricane Katrina…New Orleans. This where a city’s disadvantaged struggled in a natural disaster’s wake to find life-critical healthcare. This is where I performed my undergraduate university studies. And…
She was breathing heavily, Dr. John recalls. Dilated and in front of him…
The description of this clinical case pours from the former abortion provider as he stands in front of the stares of the Mercer University students and faculty gathered in Macon, Georgia, for the 2nd day of the MSFLA National Bioethics Symposium & Tour. With 614 miles and over 7 hours of travel through three states to log, Dr. John stood before the students and continued relating this case from his residency.
Thefirst-ever National Medical Students for Life of America (Med SFLA) Bioethics Symposium and Tour will be visiting New Orleans’ Medical Schools this Monday and Tuesday to counter the Obama Administration’s attack on conscience protections for medical professionals. The tour will hit Louisiana State University School of Medicine (February 21st, 12-1pm), a joint presentation for Loyola University, Tulane University, and University of New Orleans (February 21st, 7-8pm).
To speak is Dr. John Bruchalski, a former abortion provider, founder of the pro-life Tepeyac Family Center in Virginia, and one of the nation’s foremost medical experts on pro-life health care.
The Obama Administration lead another attack on pro-life medical professionals today as the Department of Health and Human Services recinded parts of the Bush Conscience Protection Rule. Upon the announcement, Jon Russell, National Coordinator for Medical Students for Life commented, “This is a direct attack on the entire medical community’s conscience and our oath to…
The National Medical Students for Life Bioethics Symposium and Tour will continue tonight at Mercer University School of Medicine. Dr. John Bruchalski will be speaking at 7pm tonight in the New Engineering and Physics Building, Room 110 Auditorium. This follows two successful stops at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the University of…
The Medical Students for Life Bioethics Symposium and Tour begins today with stops at the University of Virginia School of Medicine (12-1pm in the 3rd Floor Auditorium of the Claude Moore Medical Education Building) and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (7pm in Peabody Hall, Room 218). All are welcome to attend the events.
Speaking will be Dr. John Bruchalski, a former abortion provider, founder of the pro-life Tepeyac Family Center in Virginia, and one of the nation’s foremost medical experts on pro-life health care. You can view the full tour information here.
WHO DAT!..Christmas greetings from the medical school beside the New Orleans Saints’ home stadium of the Super Dome. Fantastic news from New Orleans! The Louisiana State University Medical Students for Life hosted their first meeting December 1st, just three days before their first Christmas social at the New Orleans-famous Rock ‘N Bowl. I sat down with…
No, I am NOT quoting a country song, but I am noting the 15,822 miles I traveled across the country in 4 months for you. WHY? To bring to student groups the nation’s premiere training for medical students in the defense of every patient’s dignity. So let me tell you the story of Betsy…(and pizza…and snow). Betsy…