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.


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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  • Mardock

    I love this. I babysit a boy who has down syndrome and he has literally changed my life. I have learned to have joy that i could not have found working with any “normal” child. If more people in the world spent one day with Trig or any other child who has been blessed by God to have down syndrome, they would change their mindset. If a women is pregnant they should not abort the baby because the joy that child will bring to her is far greater than the time it will take to overcome the delays in learning or time it takes to accomplish a given goal. Thank you Bristol for being so encouraging in helping people realize the love that down syndrome children possess. God bless you and your family.

  • David Dempsey

    Good post, Bristol. Trig is a lucky boy to be born into your Family. — It is hard to believe some of the comments on your blog from the Left-Wingers. — They are not only a cruel and foul-mouthed bunch, but they are obviously a mentally-imbalanced (sick) bunch,too.

  • John

    I have two children with Down Syndrome. I am a better person because of it. They are a gift which has made me more patient, loving and accepting. Did you know that ancient civilizations thought them to be angels given by God? Also that Roy Rogers had a precious child with D.S that they loved very dearly?

  • Adam

    I grew up with a down syndrome kid in my elementary school. He was one of the coolest kids I have ever known and worked incredibly hard to overcome any difficulties it placed in his way. He was kind and caring. That being said though, the data in that image is flawed quite severely. There were 3 studies conducted in the late 90s (14 years ago!) that showed that the abortion rate for fetuses diagnosed with down syndrome ranged between 87% and 98%. All three studies were done in large metropolitan areas and involved incredibly small sample sizes (less than 150 pregnancies). Hardly statistically indicative of a country with 360 million people. Not to mention the age of the studies. Similar studies done in other areas of the country have shown abortion rates for down fetuses as low as 10%. Again, it is not appropriate to apply these studies to the entire country. While I laud you for calling attention to the high rates that have occurred among some populations, to make the assumption that it is a) still that way and b) that it broadly applies to the entire country is at best irresponsible and at worst quite dangerous as it distorts the truth.

    I would love to see you use the celebrity and fame you have to call for a modern, rigorous study of current rates across the country so that we may have a more accurate and up to date picture of the situation. It might also be good to know if the actual decision to abort the fetus in those higher statistics was motivated purely by the down syndrome diagnosis or if there were other factors involved in the decision such as low income families, rape, etc. It is unwise to make assumptions about people without understanding the whole scenario first as it is always colored by our own personal biases.

  • Francis W. Porretto

    The ultimate moral horror is to condemn a human being to death because he’s “inferior” or “damaged.”
    A baby in the womb is a human being. Even a Down’s Syndrome baby.
    Choose life.
    Choose love.

  • MsDanielle

    So, Bristol, tell me if I’m correct: I am supposed to believe that children who were raised in a mother-father household have happier childhoods and turn out better than children raised by two parents of the same gender. Right? Well, I guess you could also say that children physically, emotionally, and/or sexually abused in a mother-father home are better off than they would be if being raised by a loving, nurturing same-sex couple. Who can honestly say that that’s true? What everyone needs to realize is this– children don’t have any more or less of a ‘better’ childhood based on what their household is comprised of. I’ve seen kids from same sex families turn out better and have a happier childhood than kids from a mother-father home, and vise versa. What you have to try to understand is that it doesn’t matter what gender or orientation the parents are. What matters is the character of the people raising the child, regardless of sexual orientation. And wouldn’t you know it: gays and lesbians are no different than straight people in any area of life, including parenting. Open your eyes and see that there is so much more to the world than what you perceive. And look; I’m a bleeding-heart liberal and I expressed my point to you without wishing death upon you, your mother, or your child, and without insulting anyone’s personal beliefs.

  • 56Survivor

    Bristol, thank you so much for this post. I have a cousin who has DS and he is the biggest joy in our family. He is 24 now and has a full time job and lives in an apartment community with other adults with DS. We are so proud of him!

    Keep up the good work, Bristol. You are a wonderful young woman. I look forward to your new blog post everyday.

    • Linda


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  • David Richards

    Listening to your opinion is tantamount to listening to a blithering idiot on a street corner. I imagine your family will also demand, as many do, that funding and tax breaks for parents of special needs children be cut. By your logic you’d consider these to be, “hand outs, a problem of the social safety net that must be removed.” To be fair, my 51 year old aunt has always had downs syndrome, she could not survive without federal government assistance. Take that and shove it down your, “cut out big government,” pie hole.

    • Susan

      Sorry, by the facts get in the way of your Sarah Palin fiction. While Governor, she increased funding for Special Ed students by 175% and expanded Alaska’s healthcare plan for Senior Citizens.

  • Dennis McHale

    Bristol, 99% of us will never be the very best at anything. Does that mean we don’t deserve LIFE. Motherhood can be the most challenging of all relationships, but certainly the most rewarding, when her love is given unconditionally. My Mom gave LIFE to my sister, who had Downs Syndrome. One learns true love and loyalty when our sibling has special needs. Love and loyalty are the cornerstones of a happy life.

    Bristol I am incredibly proud of you for continue to bring up issues in the manner that may make many uncomfortable, but brings the proper attention these issues deserve. Your intelligence as well as your heart has come through in each Blog you have written. Your parents must be enormously proud. Keep up the important work you are doing. You are forming a vision of a leader, and I’ll be following.