"Parent Evangelists" for Down Syndrome Children Print
Written by Sherry   
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 06:06
From today's New York Times:

The new push for universal testing for down's syndrome is having an entirely predictable outcome: 90% of parents choose to abort.

The result: there are only about 350,000 individuals with Down's Syndrom in the country today: ,less institutional support, less research, and a lonelier world. As one father put it: "How much more hostile will the environment be if there are fewer people with down syndrome?"

The parents of down syndrome children are organizing and fighting back:

They are offering expecting parents a chance to meeting their children and hearing their experiences before they make a decision.

The Times calls them "parent evangelists". Indeed.

The Times carefully portrays a large number of these parent advocates as "pro choice" and not religiously motivated, because, you know, because not being religiously neutral on this subject would be bad. It is very poignant to hear one mom described her motivation as possibly "selfish".

"Others admit freely to a selfish motive for their new activism. “If all these people terminate babies with Down syndrome, there won’t be programs, there won’t be acceptance or tolerance,” said Tracy Brown, 37, of Seattle, whose 2-year-old son, Maxford, has the condition. “I want opportunities for my son. I don’t know if that’s right or wrong, but I do.”

But love for their children has enabled these carefully neutral parents to grasp one essential thing:

"some see themselves as society’s first line of defense against a use of genetic technology that can border on eugenics. “For me, it’s just faces disappearing,” said Nancy Iannone, of Turnersville, N.J., mother to four daughters, including one with Down syndrome."

George Will calls it "a search and destroy mission". (Will is father of an adult Down Sydrome man named Jon. Jon was born in 1972, the year before Roe v. Wade).

This is a work that pro life advocates should get behind in a heart-beat.