Dr. Brian Skotko of Children’s Hospital in Boston estimates that a shocking 92 percent of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in utero are aborted.
As tragic as this statistic is, a “perfect storm” is looming on the horizon that will threaten the very existence of individuals with Down syndrome in the future. A new maternal blood test that can definitively diagnose Down syndrome in the first trimester is expected to be available as early as next year.
It has callously been dubbed the “Holy Grail” of prenatal tests. One researcher quoted in a Canadian newspaper predicts more couples will choose testing and therefore, “slowly eradicate the disease.”
First of all, Down syndrome is not a “disease.” Furthermore, it is not Down syndrome that will be eradicated, like polio. It is the babies who have Down syndrome who will be eradicated.
The effect of the perfect storm is this: An early, accurate, non-invasive, prenatal test will lead to more women undergoing prenatal testing, which will lead to more babies with Down syndrome being diagnosed in utero, which will unquestionably lead to many more abortions.
Let’s be honest. This purpose of this test for Down syndrome is not to treat the children. This “Holy Grail” has one purpose only: To eradicate the children.
Those with Down syndrome typically possess unconditional love, innocence, affection, a sense of humor, determination, generosity, enthusiasm for the big and little things in life, and a special presence that can only be understood and appreciated by knowing them. This is why even the most advanced prenatal test is deficient. It cannot detect these qualities, nor can it convey to the pregnant mother the unspeakable joy her special child will bring her.
Makes you kinda sick, doesn't it? That is one of the reasons behind 31 for 21. We are a group who are trying to make a difference. We are here to say that having a child with Down syndrome is NOT the end of the world. It's the beginning of something beautiful. We, the mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers of these wonderful children are here to say, "You can do this! Stephanie said, "We are in this together. We share a common bond that will never be broken.. We live in a world that others don't understand. We see colors others can't imagine. And we know LOVE that cannot be described."
I invite you to hop over to visit Kecia, Rochelle and Elizabeth. These are just a few of my friends who have been touched by a child with Down syndrome, and they needed more. They moved mountains to bring another child with Down syndrome into their lives.
Having a child who has Down syndrome has by far been my
I needed her in my life to teach me things
I could never have learned without her.
God has a way of giving us just what we need in out lives.