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    Why We Chose to Forgo Down’s Syndrome Testing

    Why We Chose to Forgo Down’s Syndrome Testing

    “We bring something different to the world the other people can’t.”

    As I blog, I’m entering my thirty-third week of pregnancy — the home stretch. Meanwhile, our little miracle is all kinds of wiggly, making my belly dance.

    Early in our pregnancy, our doctor asked if we’d like the baby tested for Down’s Syndrome. We’d already decided against testing for one very simple reason: our child would be loved the same regardless. Destroying this precious growing life because she might be a bit different or need particular attentions was never an option. We were required to sign a waiver declining the testing.

    So then I see videos like this one published by BBC3 earlier this month. If ever there was a reminder that every life is unique and special, it’s this:

    Down’s Syndrome is not debilitating, nor does it make those gifted with an extra chromosome any less of a person. Yet despite the trend towards normalization and destigmatization of so many issues, conditions, and challenges, Down’s Syndrome is still viewed as cause and often encouraged as reason to prematurely end pregnancy.

    The same progressive anti-life crowd that believes they own the trademark on diversity, spends an inordinate amount of effort attempting to homogenize the human race and purge from it “deformities” that enlighten, expand, and challenge us to appreciate each life individually. The broader implication would be eradicating a group of people from the face of the planet, why? Because their intellectual development runs at a slower pace.

    The termination rate for Down’s Syndrome pregnancies is alarmingly high. Statistics range from a staggering 67% in the U.S. to 92% in the U.K.

    Every pregnant woman has heard multiple horror stories from friends or friends of friends wherein test results came back back with horrifying results, only for the babies to be born completely healthy.

    “People sometimes do come up with words like “Down’s Syndrome sufferer”. The only thing I suffer from is bad attitudes,” says one of the interviewees.

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    Don’t know if they have DS, but a lot of the greeter’s at Meijer’s here in Michigan and Walmart are handicapped. They also hire the handicapped for regular jobs and I can tell you they can be better employees than some “normal” adults.
    Always worth a couple minutes of my time to say hello and ask how they’re doing.


     
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    snopercod | August 15, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    I’ve known some DS people and they have a certain aura about them. The only way I can describe it is they project love. It’s weird.


     
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    snopercod | August 15, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Twenty comments and no mention of Sarah Palin?


     
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    RedEchos | August 17, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    My son has Down Syndrome. I wouldn’t trade him for all the tea in China. The only reason to get tested is if the wife is in her 30’s AND you know nothing about DS.

    Down kids are different in many ways, they may have health problems. They are the most loving children you can imagine. And just like every other kid out there if you underestimate them they will blow your mind and/or take advantage of you. He has tried since he was 3 to play dad off against his grandma (asking first one then the other for ice cream is a prime example).

    My son, since age 3, has known more about my phone than I do. He could also… “read” I guess I’d call it. My music playlist on my phone has the same icon for every song in a particular album. I would watch him navigate to his favorite album and then swipe down to the particular song he wanted. The songs were all one word titles yet he would pick his favorites to play (over and over and over…).

    Never underestimate them. I have always treated him like every other kid in the world. There are some differences and they are noticeable (slow speech is one of his) but everyday we are together he lets me know he loves his daddy.


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