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.

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  • Desi McKenzie

    My letter to Bristol Palin…
    Thank you for your advocacy for your Brother. He is Blessed to have you as a sister! I am the mother of a beautiful 14 year old daughter with Down syndrome, Autism and a mild hearing impairment. I knew seventeen weeks into my pregnancy that I would be Blessed with a child with Down syndrome. Not for one minute did I believe that there was a choice?! I believe EVERY human being comes into this world EXACTLY as he or she was intended to be. She never was my “Down syndrome baby” but my “Baby with Down syndrome.” As you grow through this journey and are exposed to more and more adults with Down syndrome, you will be blown away by what children with Ds are able to accomplish and will be able to in the future when even more doors are finally broken down and OPENED for them. Though beautiful in its secondary message, I believe this poster still somewhat diminishes what our children can accomplish with APPROPRIATE EDUCATION and SUPPORTS and especially-INCLUSION and the resulting MOTIVATION while learning alongside their peers who are the key(!) by role-modeling for them. Sujeet Desai is a wonderful example. Lauren Potter another…I know of a young man who is in a four year university program (thanks to modifications!) and is an intern in his state representative’s office at our nation’s Capitol. Believe! Please continue to spread the message (no matter who tries to undermine it) that children like your brother are HUMAN BEINGS living out God’s will for their unique purpose on this planet. That NO ONE should stand in the way of ANY child’s primary, inalienable right to their lives and ultimately-to live on this earth with RESPECT, EQUALITY and INCLUSION-exactly the way our Maker intended-for EACH and EVERY one of us!! MAHALO!!!

  • Sandra McElwee

    Bristol you Rock! My son is chromosomally enhanced too–he’s 18 and extremely athletic, loves his girlfriend and wants to be an usher for the Angels baseball team. His life is with living and if I had picked him out myself I couldn’t have done a better job than God did.

  • Jack

    Rather than throw around numbers you know nothing about concerning issues way over your head—just like Mom–why don’t you do something you’re good at? You know, get knocked up or something…

    • Kellie

      Seriously? Grow up. Judgmental comments like that are unnecessary, and make you look very immature.

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  • Chris

    Love everything about this book from title to illustration!

  • Margaret Cabral

    Abortion needs to stay legal because not everyone is able to raise disabled children. It is better to be aborted then hated by your parents plus having the whole school laughing at you. It is much kinder to abort these babies then bring them into the world with abuse and hate, some people can’t accept such children. I am a disabled person who had to disown my family, I am a victim who wished for years I died instead of my brother who died because of a drunk driver who killed him .
    The parents who love their disabled special needs children are saints, It is nice their are such people around but I never had that luck and wished I had died.
    I have to consider a woman who marrys a pimp to avoid being a Old Maid Spinster is sick who
    married a pimp who worked for his parents who was a pimp and madam from Europe and the
    younger pimp was found a job by her father being his first job at 35. He never changed his pimp
    ways and abused me and I finally fleed being a victim of hate crimes due to my family. It was awful
    people laughing about my family being white trash and me being disabled. Thats all I know
    All I can say is those parents who love their special needs babies or special needs adult children are
    the children of God, like the Mom with the blind baby boy and the Mom with a down syndrome baby. Those are very lucky children.

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  • Richard

    We have been told that we have a high risk following a ultra sound and blood test, we see the midwife about this tomorrow. I really don’t understand all the medical terminology and can’t even work out what all these results mean to us. The NHS website says that false positive is just 5% which tells me there is more chance of our child being downs than not, which has scarred me to the point I haven’t slept in two days.

    If more tests prove positive then the decision to abort becomes extremely complex. How much care will be involved in comparison to a healthy child and will this care continue into adulthood. I don’t won’t to leave this world not knowing how my child will cope, I want my children to be able to fend for themselves. At the same time I don’t want to play god….

    This is all so painful after trying so long for a child to receive news like this.

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