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On World Down Syndrome Day, Let’s Celebrate Progress

Today is World Down Syndrome Day. It holds a new significance this year, as another state recently banned abortion based solely on a diagnosis of Down Syndrome.

Indiana just became the second state to do so, and North Dakota was the first in 2013.

As an Indiana resident, I was thrilled to find that innocent lives will be saved thanks to a just and humane law that protects the value of all human life, not just those with the perfect number chromosomes. Of course we have a long way to go in order for our laws to truly reflect their respect for human life, but this is a positive development.

Recently, even mainstream outlets and websites have highlighted the beautiful contributions those with Down Syndrome make to our society. The left-wing website Upworthy was promoting this touching video about a mom worried about being pregnant with a child with Down Syndrome:

People like Wilde, supporters of Planned Parenthood, and readers of Upworthy support abortion for any reason whatsoever for the most part. It’s a strange dichotomy to see them be so supportive of a group of people for whom reaching birth is a very limited possibility. Thanks to widespread acceptance of abortion for those with disabilities — and in part to the support from these big names — as many as 90 percent of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted.

Though I may not be able to wrap my mind around the disconnect here, I can and will celebrate a few more lives that are now being saved. The pro-life movement has made large, beautiful strides in the past few years and thanks to science and technology, more and more people are recognizing the humanity of the unborn at earlier stages. Seeing the humanity of those with disabilities is also a part of this progress. 

On World Down Syndrome Day, perhaps a few more people will be made aware that a person with Down Syndrome is a person truly worthy of life — and worthy of protection. As a quote I saw this morning read, “Love doesn’t count chromosones.”

Just ask the moms in that video.

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