An Important Soapbox

Today I saw this on Facebook.

Studies over the last 15 years have consistently shown that in the US and Europe, approx. 90% of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome in utero are electively aborted. On this World Down Syndrome Awareness Day, let’s pray that our hearts will be opened to the gift every life has to share. Praying we also realize that we are each uniquely perfect yet broken by God’s design…not just those we outwardly deem broken and imperfect.

I don’t like getting political and soapboxy on this blog. Not because I don’t have strong opinions about things. If you are married to me you KNOW I have some strong opinions. But because I don’t feel like using my blog in that way and I don’t want to argue with people in the comments, I just don’t really get controversial around here.

So I will just say this. As a society we are robbing the world of a group of beautiful people. And when we have parents willing to stand up and say their children are less than desirable even after they have spent 4 beautiful years with them? Something is very, very wrong.

Showing the world that people with Down Syndrome are more than worth being born will be really hard when there are none of them left. It breaks my heart.


  1. I was talking to my SIL about Downs Syndrome today. We were both saying how families we’ve known who have children with Downs always talk about how joyful and fun their children are. And they aren’t saying that because they feel the need to {like to say “hey life is really grand!”} but because they genuinely see how beautiful their kids really are. I really pray our society understands that different isn’t bad and that kids with disabilities are just as wonderful as every other kid.

  2. Christie says:

    Amen! I’ll jump on that soapbox with you. I’m currently 29 weeks pregnant, and already absolutely in love with my daughter. Does she have any medical concerns? I don’t know–I refused the chromosomal abnormality screenings. God has blessed us with this amazing child, and will give me and my husband whatever we need to sustain us. I BAWLED reading about the parents of the 4 year old precious child with Down’s.

  3. I will join you on this soapbox. I had an aunt marry a man that had a son with Down’s Syndrome. He was such a blessing. I also have friends from high school that had siblings with Downs. I am currently 19 weeks pregnant and do not have ultrasounds or any of the extra testing. If there is something wrong with this baby God will provide. Thanks for having the gumption to post this!
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  4. Molly says:

    I do not do the chromosomal screenings, either, but understand those who have to or choose to. Sometimes you need to know and be prepared. But to know so you can choose to abort? That blows my mind. The story from Portland blew my mind. I love the video you shared (I had it on my FB, too!) because it shows such a beautiful side to a condition that so often gets deemed such a burden. I had the privilege of hearing Joni Earikson Tada this weekend at my church and she spoke so aptly to the work God does in and through the lives of so many with disabilities. I pray this video and more awareness touch hearts and encourage people, when faced with that decision, to choose life for these little blessings. Thank you for climbing up on this soapbox today!

  5. Amen! I had a great-uncle with Down’s Syndrome, so I learned at a young age how sweet and beautiful and NOT A MISTAKE people with Down’s are. I am literally sick to my stomach after reading that statistic. And I’m glad you got on your soapbox.
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  6. Very important soapbox and (once again) you are so right on! My mom is a retired special ed teacher so I have a soft spot for those kids – and their parents.
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  7. Carol Gibson says:

    I am going to add a different perspective here. My brother’s wife gave birth to a down syndrome baby who turned out not to be only severely retarded to the point that not only could he thought care for himself his age was arrested at infancy. He could not turn over, crawl, sit up or make verbal sounds. He also had genetic abnormalities in his organs, He had over 10 surgeries by the time he was 2. He used up all his insurance by the time he was 9 months old. They lost their home had their savings wiped out. Andrew died when he was 2.

    Both of them have said that they would never judge a family who chose to abort that it is a decision that each family needs to make for themselves. And I agree, When I was 26 I was a mother of a son who had been kidnapped and molested. I had my hands full with helping him recover and going through realizing my marriage was breaking up. I found out I was pregnant. My sonogram showed abnormalities so I had an amniocentesis. It showed by daughter had spinal bifida and hydroenchlitis. After much agony I chose to abort. It was not easy but I knew I could not handle right then and there a child with severe disabilities. I talked to an adoption counselor who showed me the hard cold facts that it is hard to place children with disabilities in adoptive homes.

    These parents are being crucified and that is wrong. They chose to have testing the hospital screwed up not once but three times. That is malpractice and they had every right to sue. It does not matter that they love their daughter now and I believe they truly do. Just because you would have chosen to have an abortion does not mean you don’t love that child or that you can’t love it now that it is here.

    It is far to easy to judge people when you are not walking in their shoes. .. .

  8. Unfortunately I think these parents were singled out wrongly. If you (and I’m sure you did) read the article it really states that they are suing for the extra cost of raising her. If you know ParkerMama at all you’ll know that raising a special needs child can be incredibly expensive. It’s such a hard situation…
    I know people with Down’s Syndrome and I love them. I find it incredibly sad that people would choose to abort for any reason. But people abort for far less reasons than Down’s so I don’t quite understand the stigma here. There was even an article recently out of Australia that ethicists said a newborn should be allowed to be killed if it was an “inconvenience” to it’s parents because it had no contribution or value unless it was given value by the parents. And they didn’t list an age when the baby became “human” on it’s own. It’s a scary slope we’re on.
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  9. Again. I’m behind. I don’t even know where to start with this issue. The thought of it being “okay” to kill a baby for ANY reason just completely and totally baffles me. The thought of “Christians” doing it? Even moreso. :(

    The first person who comes to mind when I think Downs is Jason. Last month our high school boys bball team went to state for the first time in 15ish years. Jason is a local adult with Downs, and he “adopted” the team all year. Traveled with them, dressed as a coach, cheered for them, was their “manager” per se. At our little send off pep rally, our high school boys presented Jason a basketball signed by each and every team member and one of our guys spoke about how much Jason means to the team. THAT is the Downs I know.
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