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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  • http://www.renterence.com Terence

    Hello Bristol!

    I have to admit, that on most issues I am on the liberal side of the spectrum. While I respect that a parent has the right to choose what to do with their body I would in no way encourage abortions. My wife and I actually had multiple discussions before we had our son on what we would do if there was a diagnosis that our child would most likely have a disability. We both agreed that the child would live and have the best time on earth that we could provide.

    I do have some encouraging information that I would like to share with you and your readers. While it is statistically accurate to say that 92% of Down Syndrome babies are aborted after a prenatal diagnosis, a prenatal diagnosis is an amniocentesis, which is not necessary and often skipped by parents. The abortion rate on Down Syndrome babies overall is not 92% and studies do show that there are more Down Syndrome babies being born now than ever.

    Bristol, I too mourn those Down Syndrome babies who never got to see the light of the sun. Those that I have talked to were cute and fun and full of life. It was a pleasure speaking to them.

  • http://aconservativeknitteretc.blogspot.com/ Ali Garrett

    Another Well Said, well put, Beautiful post.. It is sad what people call their body, their choice. It saddens me deeply to see this. I have 3healthy children. I did the screening for my 1st pregnancy & denied the other 2 routine prenatal screening for Down Syndrome. In my mind I felt that saying no to the testing showed them they do not have me there is nothing they can say about my baby to get me to terminate a pregnancy.. My Mother well educated me that abortion is murder.. those are strong words but truth..

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  • Corrie

    Bristol, if you’re so passionate about this, I would really like to see you go to college to get a degree in special education. You need a college degree for credibility if you’re going to keep commenting on political matters. Being so vocal at your age and education level does not set a good example for young women. If you feel the need to tell Occupy Wall Street what to do, then I feel the need, as an educated woman, to tell you what to do: getting educated-not starring in a reality tv show-should be your focus. You would never catch Chelsea Clinton or Jenna and Barbara Bush in a reality tv show, and like I said in a prior post, you have the potential to be more than a reality star. If you would aim higher and stop riding your mother’s coat tails, you would gain credibility and respect.

    • Susan

      Since when is abortion just a political issue? First and foremost, it’s a HUMAN RIGHTS issue…it’s a matter of SOCIAL JUSTICE….and God forbid we get to the point in this Country where only certain people with the “right” degrees are allowed to voice their opinion on ANY subject.

    • linda

      This is SO right on! excellent advice and I wish Bristol would listen!

  • Paulette

    Would love to meet both boys! Very good friends of mine have adopted two children from Ethiopia & Haiti as well as having three of their own children. And guess what? They are in the process of adopting a precious little girl from China….with Down Syndrome…and she is beautiful! We can’t wait to meet her! Bristol, thanks for all of your encouraging words & taking a stand on your belief in God! Ignore the media for they shall fall! Go Bristol!!! Go Sarah!!! Go Palin family!!! (We pray for all of you!)

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  • Paul Forsyth

    Thank you so much Bristol for speaking up for Down Syndrome Children. I have a 6 year old son with Down Syndrome and I can’t tell you how much joy he has brought in to my and my wife’s lives. Nathan has a 9 year old sister who loves him to pieces and we feel truly blessed to have Nathan in our family. I too cry when I hear that so many children that are diagnosed with Down Syndrome in the womb are aborted. This is Nazi Germany all over again and it will get worse. I was so happy to know that your mom had Trig because we felt an immediate bond with her. Please keep up the wonderful work and we will stand with you

  • Joseph

    You go girl! Thanks for sharing this!

  • Vanessa Stockwell

    “If Bristol wants to dish out the criticism … then she should be woman enough to take it.

    Goes both ways”

    Yes of course, no problem I agree. But can we at the very least be, well how should I put it, commonsensical? That’s not too much to ask is it? Otherwise your posts sound like comedic rants from the mentally unbalanced instead of a valid point.

    • idesign

      Yawn….

      • Vanessa Stockwell

        eh.