Stand with the 8% – Down Syndrome Babies Who Weren’t Aborted

In the United States, would you believe ninety-two percent of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted before they get a chance to take a breath? When I hear this statistic, it makes me want to burst into tears.  I can’t imagine a world without Trig — he is the best brother!  (Okay, you’re not too bad either, Track!)

It’s crazy how in love with Trig we all are. When Tripp is acting up — which he does often! — I sometimes joke with my mom.

“Hey, want to trade kids?” I laugh.

Willow and I always talk about how lovable Trig is, and how we’d take him over any so-called “normal” kid anyday! He’s way cooler than people with fewer chromosomes. I’d have a Down syndrome baby in a heartbeat, and I know anyone else would if they saw any sort of glimpse of how perfect my little brother is.

I saw this photo on Facebook, which takes the silly “I am the 99%” slogan of the Occupy Wall Street guys and turns it on its head.  I’m not sure if you can read the small print from the photo, but it reads:

I have Down Syndrome, and my parents didn’t abort me.

I am one of the 8%.
I may never be the captain of a high school team.
I may never win a national spelling bee.
I might not go to an Ivy League college.
It might take me a little longer to learn sometimes.
I might not ever be the tallest, fastest, or smartest.

BUT…

I will show you how to love unconditionally.
I will show you how to be joyful no matter what.
I will not have your handicaps of malice, hatred, prejudice, discontentment, and arrogance.
My parents and family love me exactly how I am.
I am fearfully and wonderfully made!
Pretty powerful, huh?

It goes on:

In America, the abortion rate for a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome is 92%.  In a society that’s so obsessed with perfect children, competition, better performance, and plastic surgery, Down syndrome is a death sentence.  We are guilty of genocide, creating the master race by killing 9 out of every 10 babies with a genetic anomaly.

Did you hear that, Occupy Wall Street guys? That’s something really worth protesting.

Please share this post on your personal Facebook pages, because together we can raise awareness about this national tragedy!

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  • Lynda Armstrong

    Over the past almost 4 years Trig has lessons in love as we have been lucky watching him grow…we have heard your mom talk about him….but what always comes to my mind is how she talks about. When they laid him in her arms and he looked at her as it say “I am here mom God knew what he was doing…he gav me to you and you to me”. God bless you and your family..

  • bellagrazi

    I’d have a Down syndrome baby in a heartbeat, and I know anyone else would if they saw any sort of glimpse of how perfect my little brother is.

    That was beautifully said, Bristol. I used to be pro-choice before Sarah Palin hit the national stage. (personally pro-life, I could never abort a child) She made me realize that every life is precious. And Trig is the perfect example of why we should never abort a child. He’s so full of joy, Bristol. He’s God’s perfect gift. And, as rowdy as Tripp is, so is he. I Stand with the 8%.

  • http://www.biglittledays.com Jaime

    My husband and I couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately, much of the counseling is coming from well-meaning OB’s who don’t know the joys that these children bring to families. But, we can’t be outraged over the genocide taking place on these children without taking action ourselves. My husband and I are currently doing our home study to become parents to our fifth child (under age 7!), who will grow in our hearts instead of my belly. This child will also have Down Syndrome. We are registered with the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network, and would encourage anyone who has a heart from these children to do the same! You are not crazy, and yes, there are many DS kids given the chance at life by their remarkable mothers who do choose an adoption plan. Follow our journey at http://biglittledays.com/2012/04/24/the-10/ Powerful message today, my friend.

  • Laura

    I shared the photo and text on my facebook page. I have several DS children in my life and can’t imagine them not being here. When I was pregnant with my oldest, I ended up getting into an argument with (and changing) my OB because the nuchal translucency screening showed me at higher risk for the baby having DS, yet I declined the invasive amnio “just to know” (since there are risks to that procedure and we loved and accepted our child however she was and didn’t want to put her at unnecessary risk and nothing would be changed by having the test). My OB told me I was making “poor parenting” choices. My daughter ended up not having any chromosomal issues, but it wouldn’t have been a problem if she had. It is a shame more people can’t be accepting of their children and God’s plan. 92% abortion rate is horrific.

    • Anonymoose

      I decline the amnio when I was pregnant with my daughter, too – for the same reason. I knew that no matter what we were given we would love our child and find our way – and we have! However, when I became pregnant with my youngest son, I did have the amnio because I wanted time to mentally and emotionally prepare in a way I wasn’t able to before. No matter how much I love my daughter with Down Syndrome – and I am telling you I love her with my entire being – it was a horrible, awful, sad, terrifying shock when she was born. I learned through counseling that my grief was absolutely normal and expected. I didn’t want to experience it ever again, though. It hurts to see people who have no idea what it’s like talk like those of us who have an amnio “to find out” are thinking of killing our babies. I would never do that. I just wanted to konw. Walk a mile, as the saying goes. Oh, and just to make sure I didn’t get too hung up on having the perfect baby, God blessed me with a child with CP and autism – not detectable by amnio. And he’s fabulous, too – and don’t think the irony was lost on me.

      • Anonymoose

        sorry for typos, my keyboard is not cooperating today LOL

    • Anonymoose

      might sound petty, but please – they are not “down syndrome children” or “downs kids” as I see and hear so many people say. They are children with Down Syndrome. Semantics makes a big difference here. Thank you.

  • mk@hcc.edu

    Damn dude, thats rough.

  • Callie

    Horrific! Never would I have imagined that many abortions because of a test done before the baby was born, said that he/she would have this syndrome. I’m sad that I have been blinded to this. Children are blessing any way, shape, or form. I have a healthy little 4 year old, and I can’t imagine my life without her….even if she did have downs syndrome. As for “Anonymoose”, seriously?? Seriously?? Come on, some people will never change! Well said Bristol, yet again!

    • Anonymoose

      seriously what? Every word I said is true. What the heck are you questioning?

    • Jack

      Anonymoose is a Trig Truther.

      This is Anonymoose’s comment on the other page :

      “You are the biggest liar EVER, Bristol. I do have a child with DS and I would never fake anything about her birth or her life like you and your family have done/are doing with Trig. LIARS. Your mother did not birth Trig. If you didn’t, I am putting money on it being Shailey. You know, TRIPP.”

      Perhaps Anonyhmoose is Andrew Sullivan; the infamous Trig Truther.

  • Anonymoose

    and I totally agree that every child is a blessing!

  • Thomas Hubbard

    I must say that 97% of the time that I cross paths with a person with Down Syndrome I am enlighten and they put a smile on my face. I’m sure Trig is a real is a real kick to be around.

  • Jewels

    I think the thing that gets to people like Anonymoose is the fact that the Palins obviously walk their talk. Both Bristol and Sarah had babies that other people would have aborted, or argued should have been aborted. It’s one thing to leave anonymous comments full of hate. It’s another to live your life on the public stage as courageously as these ladies have done.

  • Andy Sandoval

    God makes NO mistakes. Every person that is born has a spirit. Not every physical body is born perfect (By the way non of us are perfect :) So just because the body maybe different, or our mental capacity maybe. . .different (think about that one), we ALL still have a spirit. And that spirit will outlast the body.
    Keep shinning, Bristol!


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