The Genocide of Down Syndrome Infants

The fight for the right to life is not the cause of a special few, but the cause of every man, woman and child who cares not only about his or her own family, but the whole family of man.” – Dr. Mildred Jefferson

The right to life is truly our most basic right. That’s it. If we don’t have that, we have no privilege to pursue liberty or happiness. That seems obvious, but not to the abortion industry, which has slaughtered millions upon millions of infants since the passage of Roe v Wade. Proponents of abortion argue that the right to life is alleged, not absolute.

One of the most egregious types of abortion, in my opinion, is the prenatal diagnosis abortion, in which an infant who is prenatally diagnosed with a disease or deformity is terminated because of it. The numbers are staggeringly high. The number of prenatally diagnosed abortions of infants with Down syndrome is somewhere in the range of 67% to 90%. It’s a wide range, based on multiple studies. However, if 67% is the low-side, that’s still truly frightening.

Let’s go with that number. That means that on average, 6.7 out of every 10 children who are prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome are killed. The excuses are always the same. Some are more callous: I didn’t want an imperfect child. Some are more subtle: I don’t want the child to live a life with a disability. It would be cruel. The latter is the more insidious of the two arguments. At least the other is honest.

If one aborts a child based on their perception of what the future quality of life will be for that child, they are dangerously close to playing God.

I recently read a story about a woman with Down syndrome who is the head of her own fashion business. She is happy, and she lives a fulfilling life. She is more fully functioning than most with the disability. However, that doesn’t mean she’s intrinsically worth more. I also have a friend who works in a facility which deals with adults with special needs–chief among them, Down syndrome. He constantly speaks about one thing that is overwhelmingly apparent when dealing with these disabled people: their capacity for joy and ability to love.

In a world in which there is so much evil and hatred, those with Down syndrome have a commodity, not a disability. From the contact I’ve had throughout my life with the Down syndrome community, one thing I’ve seen is an abundance of something most of us lack.

These “disabled” people can live rich, fulfilling lives, yet we are deciding that their lives aren’t worth it. We have become God. The same goes for all apparent disabilities. We see a prenatal diagnosis of any disease and we recoil: They won’t have quality of life! But we really have no clue, do we? Our judgment is based not on reality, but on our personal understanding of “quality.” We have no right to steal away someone else’s chance at life once they’ve been green lit to take a stab at it.

We’re missing 67% or more of these joyful people in the United States. An entire sub-group of human beings are allowed to be executed because they’re not “just right.” You know what that’s called? Genocide. They are targeted for termination specifically because of their physical and mental traits.

Ronald Reagan said it most succinctly when he said: “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”

We cannot play God with these children. It is not our right. We have so little understanding of what life really means; we have so little foresight regarding where this chilling behavior ultimately leads. It begins with Down syndrome and ends with full eugenics.