Supreme Court Unexpectedly Upheld Regulatory Elimination of Down Syndrome

I meant to post this earlier, but so much has been going on!  But I wanted to tell you about this, which made me so mad!  Mark Leach, a Kentucky lawyer whose daughter has Down syndrome, recently wrote a must-read article on Thin Places.  It’s about how the Supreme Court’s recent ruling regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would impact the lives of people:

A common reaction to the recent Supreme Court decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was that it was “unexpected.” The Chief Justice reportedly sided with the dissenters to overturn the entire law, only to then switch and author the majority opinion. But buried within the PPACA regulations is something that for many also should be unexpected. If it’s not addressed, it does not matter what else PPACA does for individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

Pursuant to PPACA’s provision for no-cost preventive care services for women, insurance policies will be required to provide no-cost prenatal genetic testing starting August 1, 2012. A preventive treatment exists in response to many non-genetic prenatal tests. For instance, when my wife was expecting our daughter, she was prenatally tested for gestational diabetes and was able to monitor her condition so that it did not negatively impact the pregnancy. This is not the case, however, for prenatal testing for Down syndrome, the condition our daughter has had since at or near her conception.

There is no treatment pre- or post-natally for the extra 21st-chromosomal material that causes Down syndrome. Currently, an estimated 400,000 Americans have Down syndrome. Characterizing prenatal testing for Down syndrome as “preventive care” expresses a policy that fetuses diagnosed with Down syndrome should be prevented from being born. Indeed, a member of the Court’s majority, Justice Ginsberg, previously stated in an interview that one purpose of abortion is to reduce “populations that we don’t want to have too many of.” Population reduction is exactly what happens where there is a public policy for prenatal genetic testing…

To say that a genetic condition should be prevented, with the only means of that prevention being abortion, is morally objectionable.

Remember when my mom warned about “Death Panels?”  Well, here we are.

When I think about people aborting their babies just because they might be like my brother, it makes me so angry and sad at once.  Please read Mark Leach’s article and pray that the PPACA regulation’s requirement for no-cost prenatal genetic testing for conditions that cannot be treated be rescinded.

P.S. This was my 100th post!!!  Who’s read all of them?

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  • Mary GW

    I read every one!

  • Justine Stewart

    I absolutely read all of them!! On another note, where did your instagram go?!

  • Sue Lynn

    I read everyone….Love your posts nd insite. Love the pictures you share with u. Keep up the great work Bristol!

  • Cassandra Daniels

    Thanks for sharing this, Bristol! I had no idea this was included in the ACA. I guess I’m not surprised, seeing as how corrupt the gov’t is. This is truly demonic behavior. :(

  • kayla

    ive read them all.. i think.. some a few times. thanks for the posts! <3

  • Heather Laurin

    As the parent of a child with Down Syndrome, this both angers and scares me to no end. Keep fighting the good fight Bristol. We need people like you and your mom speaking up for us and for our beautiful children. Give your angel brother a big kiss and hug from Palin supporters in Texas!

  • Jocelyn

    Wasn’t planned parenthood created and supported by democrats to to reduce “populations that we don’t want to have too many of.” – In planned parenthoods case and democrats – Black People.
    Too bad most people don’t see or care the government is way too involved in our lives, next they will want to off Autistic children.
    Love your show Bristol. (I would like to see piper more) Love your family for the way they handle everything.
    Thank you for stand up for what is right.

  • SueB

    I just began subscribing to your blog but I’ll read each one! Congrats on 100 of them. It’s too bad more people don’t believe in the “Death panels” – they’re coming if we don’t do something about it. Thank you for posting a link to Mark Leach’s article. I will put a link to it on my blog. Bless you, Bristol.

  • Jay

    For 37 years I have been blessed to work in the field of Developmental Disabilities. I have known hundreds of people with all manner of genetic and acquired issues. I’ve toilet trained men in their 60′s and taught teen-agers to feed themselves. Not one of them were unable to learn and develop. Not a one failed to bring joy into someone’s life, especially mine. Now we are returning to the philosophy of Margaret Sanger and Adolph Hitler? God help us!