Kids with Down syndrome are born right into a world through which their value goes unnoticed at finest, a world through which nearly all of individuals proceed to imagine an individual with Down syndrome shouldn’t be worthy of life. That is tragic. There’s yet another factor I wince at, however it’s not precisely simple to speak about.
I additionally wince when many within the Christian neighborhood contemplate the excessive termination fee of infants with Down syndrome an anti-abortion concern. I imagine terminating a being pregnant based mostly on a constructive Down syndrome prognosis is a modern-day type of eugenics, however when those that are pro-life put all their power and deal with the anti-abortion portion of a pro-life worldview, they’re solely seeing a sliver of what it means to be pro-life. As Christians, we’re additionally lacking a possibility to make adjustments that may save the lives of the unborn.
When speaking with individuals in regards to the excessive termination fee for infants with Down syndrome, they typically say one thing alongside the strains of, “I knew a woman who got a positive diagnosis and considered an abortion. Thank God, the baby didn’t end up even having Down syndrome. But can you imagine? She almost terminated a perfectly healthy child!”
Did you catch how anti-life that mind-set is? Do you see how dangerous it’s once we say issues akin to, “Thank God, the baby didn’t have Down syndrome?” Or, “We prayed the diagnosis was wrong, and God heard our prayer and healed our child of Down syndrome! Praise Him!”
Do you see how these phrases are drenched within the stink of believing a sure form of child is healthier than one other? Which then implies a sure form of particular person is healthier than one other?
If we’re going to face for all times, can we get to resolve what sort of life we stand for? No. If we stand for all times, we stand for all times. And if we are saying we’re pro-life, then we higher be professional–Down syndrome and professional–black lives, pro-autism, pro-immigrant and pro-person-with-a-different-ability. And if we are saying we assist any of those lives, then we higher be ensuring all these varieties of individuals have accommodating, welcoming locations on this world the place their backgrounds, skills, talents and wishes shall be embraced in full.
Professional-life is about a lot greater than being anti-abortion. It’s about selling and supporting and celebrating the value of all lives, particularly the lives of these whose value continues to be questioned.