Aborting Down Syndrome, Aborting Love

by Michelle Scheeland

Have you ever heard of Blake Pyron, Collette Divitto, or Tim Harris? These amazing people have two extraordinary things in common. They either are or were small business owners and they have Down Syndrome. If you ask their patrons how they feel about people with Down Syndrome, I’m sure they’ll tell you their happiness, energy, and unwavering love and affection for everyone is infectious. How on earth is a world without these special people any better? Put simply, it isn’t.

Science has afforded parents the opportunity to find out whether or not their unborn children have certain abnormalities ranging from Spina Bifida to Down Syndrome. This, in turn, allows parents to prepare for how to effectively take care of these special needs children. One would think. But, more and more, parents are finding out their unborn child has special needs such as Down Syndrome and are opting out of parenting altogether and choosing abortion. While parenting special needs children can be very difficult, are parents fully aware of the implications and science behind choosing abortion?

The initial test checking for chromosomal abnormalities is performed between 11 to 13 weeks. The end of week 13 marks the end of the first trimester. This means that many of these abortions are taking place in the second trimester when you start feeling your baby move. Further, five percent of these tests will give a false positive. This begs the question, how many babies were aborted that did not have any abnormalities? The second chromosomal screening takes place between 15 and 20 weeks, roughly half way through the pregnancy when a few weeks away and you’ll have a viable fetus if born prematurely that could be adopted to someone who doesn’t care the baby has Down Syndrome.

While this prenatal screening is optional, nearly all parents whose babies tested positive for Down Syndrome, not just in Iceland – where Down Syndrome births have been nearly eliminated – but in North America, France, Switzerland, Thailand and so on, are choosing abortion over parenting some of the purest and most loving people in the world. It’s postulated that 75 percent of American mothers who test positive abort their babies. It is a growing trend to get rid of non-genetically acceptable babies. What happens to some of these aborted down syndrome babies?

Well, Family Planning doesn’t have to go into detail about how they will use the aborted babies in their parental release requests. For example, in 2015, the medical director at Women’s Health Services, Laurent Delli-Bovi, took part in studying the brains of 22 aborted babies. Half of the babies had Down Syndrome while the other half were considered genetically normal, their ages ranging from 14 to 22 weeks of gestation. To add, the experimentation took place less than four hours post abortion, while the mothers are still coming out of their medicated haze, vomiting and writhing in pain as their bodies try to come to grips with what just took place. This particular experiment was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

As staggering as the current abortion-to-birth ratio of Down Syndrome babies is, it is an even more sobering realization that countries are seeking to eradicate or cleanse the population of Down Syndrome.

I was 11-years-old, in sixth grade, when I started donating my lunch break to the special education classrooms at Linda Verde Elementary School in Lancaster, California. I got to play with a group of kids with Down Syndrome and I was addicted right off the bat. As someone who has worked with children and young adults with Down Syndrome, I can tell you, the world is a better place with them in it. They are always happy to see you. They always want a hug, and love without pretense. People with Down Syndrome are our balance against pure hatred because they are the purest love.

Special needs children are not the problem and it is not society’s job to get rid of them through the killing of unborn babies. Society needs to be there and help parents with these special needs children by letting them know they’ve been blessed with little miracles who have a purpose and to follow through via education and community involvement because it truly takes a village. Each parent who has given up the opportunity to have a child with Down Syndrome by way of abortion has no idea what a gift they’ve given up. Those with Down Syndrome are people, they are capable, and they make the lives of those around them so much richer. But, don’t ask me, ask the parents of Down Syndrome children like the parents of Blake Pyron, Collette Divitto, and Tim Harris. I’m sure they would agree.

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