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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  • Joseph

    Hey, Bristol. I just saw this ad for Pampers and it made me think of your blog. Check this out! :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxbRdxbBROI

  • blackbird

    I try to follow this rule while on various message boards “don’t feed the trolls” almost all are dishonest and spiteful and you are wasting your time talking to them.

  • bejocy

    Our Ben has ds and autism. He’s a handsome 16 yr old…and like all kiddos with autism, is a little more of a challenge.
    We were shocked when, just after his birth, we heard on the radio that 90% of the kiddos with ds were aborted. It’s not just wrong, it’s evil.

  • Whatwhywhenwherewho

    Even though the percentage of to term Downs pregnancies remains the same, there has been a marked rise in the occurrence of Downs pregnancies. This is overwhelmingly due to the rise in numbers of pregnancies in women over forty. The risk of downs syndrome is markedly increased under the age of twenty and over the age of forty. Both age groups, if sexually active, should be using contraception.
    A trisomy 21 child’s level of disability can affect their quality of life to hugely differing degrees. Some managing independent living while others have no speech, mobility or continence. The outlook for child with Downs varies widely depending on the resources and support available to the family however with a life expectancy of seventy society has to be prepared to step up financially support these individuals. Those who do not want universal healthcare are asking others to pay when they will not.

  • Andy Sandoval

    Keep blogging, Bristol! We are praying for you and your family! People will harass you because you are speaking the truth. Don’t let them shut you up.

  • vlf1964

    How about if everyone just mind their own business and keep their noses out of others private medical decision; decisions which are between a woman and her doctor. Not a woman, her doctor and any other stranger. Seems to me that its the best course of action. Further, if you don’t want an abortion, don’t have one. Plain and simple.

  • Jessica Harvey

    I have a daughter with down syndrome, and I have great expectations for her future! If you have never been around one of these wonderful people, then don’t be so quick to judge. If they don’t have a right to be here then i guess we should just start killing off all handicapped people?? Maybe we should kill of all of the wounded vets or the cops who are injured in the line of duty?? My baby didn’t chose her fate any more that they did. We play the hands we are delt. Everyone needs to step off! Stop- judging everyone for every aspect of their lives. She isn’t “perfect” SO WHAT! Nobody is! Should we all just end our lives right now simply because we all have flaws? If people who aren’t perfect don’t deserve to live, then nobody deserves to live! God made my baby special for a reason. God blessed us in so many ways when he brought her into our lives. I thank him for her every single day.

  • Alex

    I just graduated with a degree in special education. While my major is in learning disabilities, I work with students who have all sorts of differences, kids with down-syndrome being a good portion. The light that they bring to my day is surpassed by none other! My good family friend Leah, also with down-syndrome, recently passed away a few months ago. The hole it left in our hearts was very deep, only filled by Christ’s love. Sadly, if those mothers whose children were diagnosed with down-sydrome would have met a person living with down-syndrome and the unyielding happiness and unconditional love that they bring, they probably would not have aborted their babies. Because there are so many fewer people with down-syndrome to touch those lives, though, it’s almost a never ending cycle. If less of those babies were aborted, more people could see what a blessing it is to have someone with down-syndrome in their lives! An absolute blessing!

  • Shari Lusk

    As usual, Bristol, you have written a simple piece that is to the point and filled with love, heart, and Biblical truth. Keep writing the truth, young lady!! Those of faith know Who wins in the end.

  • http://twitter.com/Sxeptomaniac Matt Jacobs

    While I do agree with the issue, and do not want to see eugenics via abortion, I also want to caution you on two fronts. One is regarding the use of statistics. The misleading headline I received in my email and your use of 8% suggests that 92% of all down syndrome babies are aborted, which is not true, obviously.

    Secondly, I fail to understand why you make snarky comments regarding a movement on the topic of economics when you are discussing a different issue altogether. On the contrary, the Occupy movement may well have goals that would help reduce the number of abortions. As seen in a Politifact article, a practitioner/professor found that far fewer women opted to abort children diagnosed with down syndrome in Pittsburgh than North Carolina. One of the main differences in those regions is that Pittsburgh has more services to support parents in such a situation. Outlawing such abortions is likely to fail in courts, as Roe Vs. Wade has stood for too long, but it is possible to reduce them by reducing the stress and financial burden (medical care costs in particular) of raising a child with down syndrome. The Occupy movement would likely support that approach.


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