Stand with the 8% – Down Syndrome Babies Who Weren’t Aborted

Stand with the 8% – Down Syndrome Babies Who Weren’t Aborted May 15, 2012

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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  • Anonymoose

    You are the biggest liar EVER, Bristol. I do have a child with DS and I would never fake anything about her birth or her life like you and your family have done/are doing with Trig. LIARS. Your mother did not birth Trig. If you didn’t, I am putting money on it being Shailey. You know, TRIPP.

    • CJ

      Andrew Sullivan, what are you doing on this site? And why aren’t you using your real name??

    • Tim

      Anonymoose ,time to take your meds.

    • section9

      Wait a minute! You Trig Truthers have to stick to one Trutherism. Either Trig is Bristol’s baby or Trig is Sarah’s baby. Where did you clowns come up with Shailey, all of a sudden. Oh wait, this must be Malia Litman. No one else in the Palin Derangement Syndrome Universe could be as deranged.

  • Joseppi

    Why include the snark about Occupy? This is what makes you look bad and petty all the time.
    You ruined a perfectly good story with the snark. This is the reason you get so much criticism.
    Try expressing yourself without having to throw in playground behavior, and maybe you’d be taken a little more seriously.

    • Anonymoose

      Playground behavior is a Palin MO. She learned it from her mother and father. Oh, and it is soooo obvious that Bristol is not writing this blog. I can’t believe there are people who think she does! LOL!

    • otlset

      It’s a great story, and the ‘Occupy’ snark was right on target for that fading-fast, immature, aimless and unfocused, lash-out-at-society-because-we-can’t-cope “movement” full of ignorant losers, dropouts, vagrants and criminals.

      • Mrs. Sixx

        At least get your facts straight — the Occupy people are made up of students, college professors, former military, people who have full time jobs and go on the weekends and when they are not working. Occupy is not made up of “ignorant losers, dropouts, vagrants and criminals” — that is just right wing propaganda.

        • otlset

          Yeah right, documented filthy “camps” full of vermin and disease, rapes, murders, thefts, drug use and distribution, all kinds of aberrant and destructive behavior from really ignorant people straight from the lowest stratas of society with no real purpose or aim other than complaining and demanding handouts. I and the majority of Americans stand by that assessment.

    • Eileen

      I completely agree, this was a perfectly good post until the end. Why can’t she say anything without blaming liberals or putting politics in it. With a post like this she definitely could have brought together liberals and conservatives, but the snarky remark at the end ruined it. This is why liberals don’t like her.

  • Nicky

    Wonder how many gays there would be if there was a prenatal test for that…just a thought. People are so quick to judge others.

  • Charisa

    The nasty comments coming from the so called DS mom on here towards Bristol is brutal & unloving! I’d think you would be on her side to try and to stop the killing of Down’s babies! Unless you yourself wish you made a different choice??? Just sayin’.

  • jessa

    excellent post like always! Keep up the good work!

  • DK

    Great post Bristol! As a person who through college worked with adults that have Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities, I know that they will face many struggles in life but that they take joy in things that we often overlook. That past job was probably the most rewarding one I’ve had! I admire you and your family for your support of Trig, as he is very lucky to have a loving and supportive family! Don’t listen to all of the haters out there…. Everyone who supports abortion has conveniently already been born! I wonder why all of the anti bullying love for people who are different doesn’t that apply here?

  • Vanessa Stockwell

    @Nicky, Anonymoose, Joseppi and the gang; Last night Bristol was seen creating a new solar system. She also built a new mall. All in one night, very impressive.

    We are posting nonsense right? Must be a new online game or something. Any rules we should be aware of while playing? Or does pretty much any kind of nonsense count?

    • Joseppi

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

      Goes both ways

  • Sue Lynn

    You are right Bristol. God will continue to bless you and tour family. I love Trig. One of your photo’s says it all. the one that has both boys face to face heart to heart and toe to toe…..

  • Lynda Armstrong

    Over the past almost 4 years Trig has lessons in love as we have been lucky watching him grow…we have heard your mom talk about him….but what always comes to my mind is how she talks about. When they laid him in her arms and he looked at her as it say “I am here mom God knew what he was doing…he gav me to you and you to me”. God bless you and your family..

  • bellagrazi

    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.

    That was beautifully said, Bristol. I used to be pro-choice before Sarah Palin hit the national stage. (personally pro-life, I could never abort a child) She made me realize that every life is precious. And Trig is the perfect example of why we should never abort a child. He’s so full of joy, Bristol. He’s God’s perfect gift. And, as rowdy as Tripp is, so is he. I Stand with the 8%.

  • My husband and I couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately, much of the counseling is coming from well-meaning OB’s who don’t know the joys that these children bring to families. But, we can’t be outraged over the genocide taking place on these children without taking action ourselves. My husband and I are currently doing our home study to become parents to our fifth child (under age 7!), who will grow in our hearts instead of my belly. This child will also have Down Syndrome. We are registered with the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network, and would encourage anyone who has a heart from these children to do the same! You are not crazy, and yes, there are many DS kids given the chance at life by their remarkable mothers who do choose an adoption plan. Follow our journey at Powerful message today, my friend.

  • Laura

    I shared the photo and text on my facebook page. I have several DS children in my life and can’t imagine them not being here. When I was pregnant with my oldest, I ended up getting into an argument with (and changing) my OB because the nuchal translucency screening showed me at higher risk for the baby having DS, yet I declined the invasive amnio “just to know” (since there are risks to that procedure and we loved and accepted our child however she was and didn’t want to put her at unnecessary risk and nothing would be changed by having the test). My OB told me I was making “poor parenting” choices. My daughter ended up not having any chromosomal issues, but it wouldn’t have been a problem if she had. It is a shame more people can’t be accepting of their children and God’s plan. 92% abortion rate is horrific.

    • Anonymoose

      I decline the amnio when I was pregnant with my daughter, too – for the same reason. I knew that no matter what we were given we would love our child and find our way – and we have! However, when I became pregnant with my youngest son, I did have the amnio because I wanted time to mentally and emotionally prepare in a way I wasn’t able to before. No matter how much I love my daughter with Down Syndrome – and I am telling you I love her with my entire being – it was a horrible, awful, sad, terrifying shock when she was born. I learned through counseling that my grief was absolutely normal and expected. I didn’t want to experience it ever again, though. It hurts to see people who have no idea what it’s like talk like those of us who have an amnio “to find out” are thinking of killing our babies. I would never do that. I just wanted to konw. Walk a mile, as the saying goes. Oh, and just to make sure I didn’t get too hung up on having the perfect baby, God blessed me with a child with CP and autism – not detectable by amnio. And he’s fabulous, too – and don’t think the irony was lost on me.

      • Anonymoose

        sorry for typos, my keyboard is not cooperating today LOL

    • Anonymoose

      might sound petty, but please – they are not “down syndrome children” or “downs kids” as I see and hear so many people say. They are children with Down Syndrome. Semantics makes a big difference here. Thank you.


    Damn dude, thats rough.

  • Callie

    Horrific! Never would I have imagined that many abortions because of a test done before the baby was born, said that he/she would have this syndrome. I’m sad that I have been blinded to this. Children are blessing any way, shape, or form. I have a healthy little 4 year old, and I can’t imagine my life without her….even if she did have downs syndrome. As for “Anonymoose”, seriously?? Seriously?? Come on, some people will never change! Well said Bristol, yet again!

    • Anonymoose

      seriously what? Every word I said is true. What the heck are you questioning?

    • Jack

      Anonymoose is a Trig Truther.

      This is Anonymoose’s comment on the other page :

      “You are the biggest liar EVER, Bristol. I do have a child with DS and I would never fake anything about her birth or her life like you and your family have done/are doing with Trig. LIARS. Your mother did not birth Trig. If you didn’t, I am putting money on it being Shailey. You know, TRIPP.”

      Perhaps Anonyhmoose is Andrew Sullivan; the infamous Trig Truther.

  • Anonymoose

    and I totally agree that every child is a blessing!

  • Thomas Hubbard

    I must say that 97% of the time that I cross paths with a person with Down Syndrome I am enlighten and they put a smile on my face. I’m sure Trig is a real is a real kick to be around.

  • Jewels

    I think the thing that gets to people like Anonymoose is the fact that the Palins obviously walk their talk. Both Bristol and Sarah had babies that other people would have aborted, or argued should have been aborted. It’s one thing to leave anonymous comments full of hate. It’s another to live your life on the public stage as courageously as these ladies have done.

  • Andy Sandoval

    God makes NO mistakes. Every person that is born has a spirit. Not every physical body is born perfect (By the way non of us are perfect 🙂 So just because the body maybe different, or our mental capacity maybe. . .different (think about that one), we ALL still have a spirit. And that spirit will outlast the body.
    Keep shinning, Bristol!

  • Traci

    Since a baby in our family was born with spina bifida, I was tested for abnormalities with all of my children. I never considered that anyone would think I was doing the test because I would abort my baby if it wasn’t “perfect.” I thought it would be best for us to know ahead of time, and prepare ourselves with knowledge. With my last son, I received that terrifying phone call for the first time, saying that my baby was at high risk for Down syndrome. The doctors assumed I wanted an abortion when they gave us the news. We chose to not have further testing done, but just pray and prepared either way. We ended up having a very healthy baby boy. If I was to have another child, or give advice to anyone considering the testing, I wouldn’t do it. It isn’t worth all of the worry and waiting, when you are going to love them no matter what. I learned about the genocide on babies with DS when we were going through this last year. It’s heartbreaking and I can’t imagine the hurt it causes God to see us destroy his perfect creations.

  • fatman6502002

    Keep up the good work. Personally I find your comentaries to be quite brilliant and I hope you keep hammering the liberals because they deserve it.

  • Breezy

    Simple question… could anybody think he is not Sarah’s. I worked for her. We whatched her little bump grow. And her face was radiantly glowing.. None us knew Trigg would come to this world with challenges but none of us doubted Sarah’s love for him and felt he is as blessed as much as her. The question. Do you really think that twit (sorry Bristol). Could keep his mouth shut?? Really he’d be shouting it from the Hollywood sign for all the Palin Haters to hear. Really Levi keeping his mouth shut… Yeah right

    • Mrs. Sixx

      How did you watch her “little bump grow” when she didn’t even announce that she was pregnant until she was supposedly seven months along? Her colleagues were quoted as being “shocked” when she told them, because there had been no indication before that she was pregnant.

      I call b.s. on your even knowing the Palins.

  • Jan

    WELL SAID, Bristol. I also believe the rise in recent years of teenagers throwing their newborn babies in the trash after birth is due to teens being raising in a society with abortions. They are shocked when they are charged with murder.

  • Elizabeth

    I work with adults with disabilities and would not trade a moment of my time with them and their families. Each continually delights me with their humor, kindness, and unconditional love. When we as humans see the “blessings in the thorns,” we glimpse a small piece of the Father’s heart. Remember that and the words of hate will never have power.

  • Susan

    I think the problem with you Trig Truthers is that you want so badly to despise everything about Sarah Palin. You allow yourself to believe every horrible rumor/smear that’s ever been said about her because it makes you feel justified in your hate of her.
    The problem is…in the midst of thinking of the worst about her…there is a little boy named Trig who gets in the way of your anti-Palin narrative. You want to believe she’s a horrible human being, but yet you know that Sarah Palin loved her child enough to NOT ABORT him. This, of course, means that she is more loving than 90% of the women out there who would have ended his life and you can’t stand the fact that she may be a very nice person and very noble-hearted mother.
    SO instead, you invent this nutty alternate reality where she is not only NOT the mother of Trig…she is only using him as well. If you want to submerge yourself in “fiction” about Sarah Palin, there is plenty of Hollywood versions of her to satisfy your need.
    It’s one thing to disagree with Sarah Palin’s political views…but please try and keep your dislike of her connected to facts and reality.

    • Linda

      So, Susan, why can Sarah not produce Trig’s birth certificate? And why did Sarah never look pregnant with Trig when she was huge with her other children? And what’s with that strange story of flying to Alaska from Texas after her water broke? Go to politicalgates or the immoralminority and get educated about the strange story of little Trig. And, when was the last time you saw a picture of Sarah with Trig? That poor kid’s fake mother doesn’t even have anything to do with him.

      • Susan

        And yet when she does appear with Trig, folks like you accuse her of “using him”…

      • Susan

        EXHIBIT A: Sarah got “fatter” with Child#1, then with Child #5.
        Seriously? That’s your proof?

      • Truth101

        Linda, Are you freckin kidding me! Did you not see her on TV when she was invited along with Gov. Napolitano and others to an event on women. She was fat.

        You have a mental problem.

  • Elizabeth

    I work with adults with disabilities and would not trade a moment of my time with them and their families. Each continually delights me with their humor, kindness, and unconditional love. I learn so much from each of them. When each trial is viewed as a learning experience, it becomes less of a trial. Celebrating the joy is not “glossing over” the difficulties. Instead, we are celebrating the unique individual and what he or she contributes.

    When we as humans see the “blessings in the thorns,” we glimpse a small piece of the Father’s heart. Remember that and the words of hate will never have power.

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • 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!)

  • 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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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


  • 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.

  • Eileen

    I don’t think women abort their down syndrome babies because they think it’s inferior, but more because they know they do not have the patience to raise a kid like that. Not all women have good recourses to take care of a special needs child, which is a very tough job. That being said, I think it’s great that your mother IS a woman who can take care of a special needs child and give him everything he needs, and seeing how much love Trig gets from his family is heartwarming, he’s going to be very happy.

    • Sue

      I don’t agree with Eileen, it is not hard to take care of a child with down syndrome, I know this, because I take care of one and I can say with out a doubt he is easier to care for then it was raising my two normal boys. Chance, is the most loving child I have ever known. If you meet him you would fall maddly in love with him. He is so full of love and he is a lot of fun to hand out with. he loves sports and is the best player on a normal team, He can throw, toss, bat & catch Better then any six year old in his class. If he likes you then he will put your needs before himself. For example, I have very bad knees so have to sit most of the time, he knows this so with out me saying any thing to him he went to my car got into the trunk and brought back my lawn chair so I could sit and watch him play out side.. This is the kind thoughtful boy he is and I can’t even bare the thought of him not being in my life if my Niece had aborted him. It takes no patience at all to care for him, infact he is a joy to be with and I look forward to being with him every day and drive an hour just to spend time with him. How can you know how a baby is going to be like if you never give it a chance to take that first breath and give it a chance to win your love ? Even down syndrome babies are a gift from God..

      • Eileen

        Sue – that’s great! Clearly you are a very loving mother. But you need to remember that not all women are like you. Some women know in their heart that they can not provide their child with the best possible life, so they need to make the tough choice of aborting them. Just because YOU have the recourses and patience to raise a special needs child doesn’t mean everyone will.

        • Nonsense, it takes no more money to raise a child with Down syndrome than any typical child. That is used by those who want to justify aborting a child with special needs, and I can prove that it is wrong, wrong, wrong.
          I have raised a child with Down syndrome for ten years, along with her two typical sisters. I think we spend more money on the typical sisters: college, weddings, cars, than on Christina. All her therapies from birth were funded by our insurance or the county and school districts. We have wanted for nothing, in fact, we are awaiting approval of a free Ipad for Christina’s use at home (She already has one for school, its a great help).
          As for patience, I agree with you. No one has enough patience to raise a child with special needs at first. But it comes just as you need it. I have shared in my book “A Special Mother is Born” that God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called. Remember what Morgan Freeman said, as he played God in “Evan Almighty”.
          “You prayed for patience, did you expect me to send it in a package from the sky? No, I gave you opportunities to learn patience.” Growth hurts because it stretches us beyond our comfort zone. Looking back at myself before Christina was born I much prefer my character now, even though I complained mightily during the process.

        • Eileen, I agree that women who feel they are not up to the job should NOT be forced to raise a child with Down syndrome. Just give birth to the child and have the charity to give her up for adoption. They deserve a chance to live even if it can’t be with their birth mom.
          There are over 200 approved adoptive families waiting specifically for a child with Down syndrome at the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network.

          • Eileen

            Again, you’re continuing with your “I’m the center of the world” argument. You assume that because you had an easy time raising a disabled child, everyone else will too. People with down syndrome have numerous health problems that often require special attention. I don’t have any problem with people who choose to not abort their down syndrome baby, but women who do shouldn’t be demonized. If they think that not bringing their child into the world is what’s best for them, then that choice should be theirs to make.
            With regards to adoption, unfortunately most disabled kids who are given up for adoption get placed in foster care, because no one wants to take them. They just move around from home to home and never have real parents. Those 200 hundred families you mentioned are not enough to sustain the over 5,000 down syndrome babies born each year. My apologies if this post sounded rude, but I don’t know how else to say it.

        • Susan

          What about Adoption?

    • Bette

      Umm — hello — Bristol isn’t raising a special needs child. Her mother is raising Bristol’s special needs child.

      • Mikelvr

        Neither of them is raising Trig. His three caregivers are paid by SarahPAC.

        To Sarah and Bristol, Trig is a highly lucrative symbol. Those two women certainly aren’t “walking the walk.”

        • Susan

          You pretty much just invent your own fiction with regard to the Palins, don’t ya?

    • FailinPalin

      Very good reply Eileen. Women don’t need a guilt trip when deciding about giving birth to a special needs child. Even Sarah admitted that for a moment she thought about abortion.

      It’s not all sunshine and roses when you have a child with a disability. I know, I have a wonderful son with Autism. But…I have very strong support with my loving family and my husband. It has been hard, very hard. I devoted everything to ensure that he has a future. Not all women are as lucky as I am.

    • kathleenirish

      It should not be about how tough it is to raise a child that make it okay to kill that child!! the sad logic is unreal. If you think you can’t “take” raising a child who may have more needs than some other kid, you do not deserve to be a parent. Please spare your poor children by not getting pregnant or giving the child up for adoption to those who have a clue. Parenthood is not without struggle, and if you can’t love your child unconditionally, stay out of the business.

  • Patriot

    I just pray that trig doesn’t turn out to be gay.

    • kathleenirish

      so what if he is? His family will love him. You are so full of it.

  • KCF

    I find it incredibly sad that you chose to wrap your anti-OWS rant (twice!) around a legitimate issue of the precious lives of DS children. Why was that necessary? Couldn’t you have simply stated your thoughts and concerns about DS children without trying to go for political points? Nice attempt, but your blog post lacks sincerity.

    • Eileen

      I completely agree, this was a perfectly good post until the end. Why can’t she say anything without blaming liberals or putting politics in it. With a post like this she definitely could have brought together liberals and conservatives, but the snarky remark at the end ruined it. This is why liberals don’t like her.

      • Susan

        If Occupy Protestors were so concerned with Human Rights and Social Justice, why wouldn’t they want to be fighting for the Right to Life for the innocent children of the world?

  • CJ

    “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.”

    Bristol, I’m so happy you posted on this vital issue! It really got me thinking.
    The fact is, despite advances in Amniocentesis, not every genetic disorder or chromosome abnormality is detected with testing. Therefore, any number of seemingly “perfect” babies BORN, can potentially develop any number of anomalies during various stages of childhood. What then? What about the “PERFECT” children who develop Cancer, Autism or Cerebral Palsy? What about sudden tragic accidents which can lead to partial or complete paralysis, blindness, amputations and/or severe deformities? Shall we annihilate these children as well???
    At any given moment, for any of us or our loved ones, “PERFECTION” can suddenly be rendered “IMPERFECT”. BUT, IN WHOSE EYES?
    Those who strive to defy the HOLY ORDER AND COMMANDS OF ALMIGHTY GOD and revel in the perverse, demonic attempt to perpetuate a master race through genocide will instead fall prey to their own master of lies…….and reap what they have sown.

  • Bette

    Bristol – Like all these comments posters here, I too am so incredibly proud of you. That you did not abort your son Trig. And instead gave him to your mother so she could carry him around as a political prop when it suited her. Yeah, Bristol!

    • Jessica

      Are you kidding me?! You actually believe that Bristol gave birth to Trig and that her parents are raising him as their own? That is a sick and messed up lie made up by the tabloids. It isn’t even that original…the writers have obviously been watching too many soap operas.

      Bristol, don’t listen to the ugly things being said…they’re probably just jealous that they don’t have an awesome little brother like you do!

    • kathleenirish

      you ignorant low life.

  • Linda

    Scientists are working on a test to deduct gay fetuses. So, Bristol, if you hang on a little while longer before you have another immaculate conception, you will be able to abort your fetus if he/she turns out to be gay. Ain’t science great?! Or maybe instead you can learn to love the little gay child and then lecture us on how precious he/she is.

    • Susan

      Bristol has never said she hates Gay people. Indeed, by your rationale Barack Obama HATED gay people back in 2008).

  • cathy
  • KCF

    Oh, and while we’re at it, can we please knock off the “I stand with”, “the x%” and “war on x” memes? It’s beyond repetitive and tiresome. I swear, sometimes I think independent thought is dead.

    I stand with the 99% War on Memes.

    • LMA

      Now, THIS is a comment ANYONE could get behind!

  • Chris


    Stand strong and proud and never back down!
    You are so impressive!


  • 56Survivor

    WooHooo! The liberals are back again. You all do know that everytime you click over here, Bristol wins! She has drawn you all in just like anyone with a Palin name does. The power of Palin is huge in liberal land. Love it!!

    BTW, your words do not define Bristol. Your words tells us all we need to know about you.

    • Leah

      Exactly right, HER words define her. Her words being hateful and full of hypocrisy like her mother. Someone in her position(being an UN-wed teen mom) shouldn’t spew hate and hide behind the bible when she obviously does NOT live her life according to the bible, rather picks and chooses what to believe and uphold from it. Although that is about 98% of “christians” out there.

      • Emma Lora

        I saw no hate because there is none. You wanted to hate so you just imagined it. This was a supportive blog and I appreciated it as many did. Those who chose to see hate and to hate must be very lonely.

      • Susan

        Leah, 100% of Christians are sinners. It’s why, day after day, week after week, we pray for the forgiveness of our sins. Indeed, none of us can live our lives 100% in accordance with God’s Will…only Jesus Christ could do that. Christians have never claimed to be perfect. Indeed, if you attend almost any Church, at some point in the Service there will be a PRAYER OF CONFESSION…where we kneel before God and repent of all the things “we have done, and left undone” and that “we have not loved our neighbor as ourself.”

      • Michael Teuber

        Leah, here is a word that defines you:


      • kathleenirish

        I see no hate in Sarah Palin. you are very warped and misinformed. I see plenty of hate from persons such as yourself, you have proved it with your words here. Biased and mean-spirited, no doubt

  • Ella

    Bristol, this made me cry too! I can only imagine how difficult it would be for an expectant mother to discover that her child will have Down’s Syndrome… but they are incredible gifts from God, who does not make mistakes, and bring so much joy and innocence into the world.

  • Wonderful post.
    I really think the way abortion is being encouraged today via pre-natal testing is a form eugenics and it is sickening.
    If any pro-choice people read this blog I hope this comment reaches you: I consider myself pro-choice but I think abortion is ethical only for extreme reasons – to save the life of the mother, or in case of rape*. I believe in legal, safe, and above all , rare. The only ethical reason, imo, for a woman to end a pregnancy is if the pregnancy itself was either caused by a violation (rape) or threatens her life (then it is self-defense). But deciding to abort because of what the baby will be like after he or she is born means the mother is discriminating against the baby and violating the baby’s human rights.
    (*In the case of rape, I hope that the mother considers either keeping the baby or giving it up for adoption, but the final decision cannot be taken away from her)

    • Sasha

      I do agree to some degree– but there is one other circumstance that I think it is ethical. There are some conditions where the baby will not live past a year or two. That is two years, probably filled with sterile hospital rooms and plenty of tears and heartbreak for the family, before that baby will be ripped away. And, in situations such as that, the final decisions should be left up to the family– are they willing to go through that?

      • Susan

        As a Christian, I believe that God made the child…it is God’s decision as to when the little one will leave this earth…it’s not my decision to TAKE THE LIFE AWAY (Thou Shalt Not Kill). As a Christian mother, I would submit myself to the Will of God, and do all that I could do be that child’s “angel on earth” while the baby was alive. I would do everything I could to hold the baby, sing to the baby, whisper and kiss the baby and let them know LOVE.
        I know that not all mothers are women of Faith though…

  • One of my nephews has Fragile X Syndrome, which causes intellectual disability. He is a member of our family and we love him.

  • blackbird

    Beautiful post Bristol, thank you.

    Sarah Palin’s Speech at the Republican National Convention

    Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge. And children with special needs inspire a very, very special love. To the families of special-needs…

    To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message for you: For years, you’ve sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters. And I pledge to you that, if we’re elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.

    Governor, I am holding you to your pledge and waiting for your Presidency, I am a very patient person and will always be here, God sparing Life.

  • Mary

    This post is incredibly beautiful Bristol. I was blessed to work with children with several developmental disabilities, they are some of the most amazing and beautiful children you will ever meet. I hope to be able to return to that type of work as soon as possible. Thank you so much for putting this out there for everyone. You are such an amazing person and I respect you so much for you courage!

  • linda

    I find it hard to understand how trumpeting the wonderfulness of Trig because of or in spite of his having Down Syndrome is not the same as finding fault with him for having Down Syndrome. In both cases, a person is making a big deal about his condition rather than about him. Also, how will Tripp feel about this post in the future? Maybe it will have disappeared into the mists of time by the time he’s old enough to read or understand, but is he going to be okay with his mom basically saying that she would prefer to have a DS child to having him? I know this is said in jest, but so are many, many hurtful things. I suspect that both Tripp and Trig are marvelous little guys, as are most children their age, but this post puzzles me greatly.

    • Michael Teuber

      It is Trig’s disability, not who he is as a child, that is the reason, statistically, he was 92% likely to be aborted. Establishing that he, and other Down Syndrome kids, have a positive value, not just in spite of, but as a result of, their extra chromosome is the point.

      A significant number of people dehumanize Down Syndrome babies and imagine that bringing them to term involves a sacrifice without a beneficiary, sentencing the mother to a life of drudgery without a goal. Holding Monica & David, Trig, or the little guy at the top of this post, concretely in mind instantly reveals the falseness of such devaluing formulations.

      Regarding your second point, remember this is Tripp Palin we are talking about. If only this post were in the top million traumatizing things Tripp may grow up and read about himself, his mother, grandmother, or uncle, this would be a worthier, more just nation.

  • huntingmoose

    ask a lib,
    would you sentence to death someone with a disability? would you sentence to death someone 90 years old who needs help? would you sentence to death someone convicted for a serious crime?

  • Bruce O’H

    The Left always act so morally superior, because they are supposedly for the underdogs of humanity. While, in actuality, their policies end up being the bane of, or, in the case of Downs babies, the death of them.

    Bristols post shows which side is REALLY for the underdog!

  • blackbird

    Abortion is an abomination and has nothing to do with religion and everything with Humanity. How do we call ourselves civilize when life is removed and murdered from and in the uterus, this we do not do to our pets. There are no words to describe this Horror.

    Palin’s position on abortion is life…

  • blackbird

    For all those who might apply.

    The Quilt

    As I faced my Maker at the last Judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with the other souls. Before each of us laid our lives, like the squares of a quilt, in many piles. An Angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that was our life. But as my Angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes! Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday life.

    I saw hardships that I had endured, (which were the largest holes of all). I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Others had a tiny hole here and there, other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened.

    My Angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air. Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light and the scrutiny of truth.

    The others rose each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My Angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise. My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn’t had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life, and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness, death, and false accusations that took from me my world as I knew it. I had to start over many times.

    I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I had spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully; each time offering it up to the Father, in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me. And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it had been.

    I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light. An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with eyes wide. Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded through the many holes, creating an image. The face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes.

    He said, “Every time you gave over your life to me, it became my life, my hardships, and my struggles. Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let me shine through, until there was more of me than there was of you. Welcome Home My Child”

    May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through.

    In this world you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world. John 16: 33

  • Joseph

    Hey, Bristol. I just saw this ad for Pampers and it made me think of your blog. Check this out! 🙂

  • 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.

    • GoneGalt16

      If I murder someone, is that decision just between me and the person I murdered? I am a staunch advocate for individual rights, however, even I can see that your decisions and individual rights become limited when another individuals begin.

    • kathleenirish

      So, I have 4 boys, how is taking their lives my private personal decision??? A lot of doctors used to make parents institutionalize their special needs babies and children. Doctors do not know everything, and to act like Down Syndrome is a tragic horrible thing needing abortion is very wrong and very misinformed.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • kathleenirish

      90% of Down Syndrome babies are aborted. That is a fact

      • Michelle Erb

        No it is not. Even Bristol has admitted that. The 8% was based on one hospital long ago and it was among women who had amniocenteses. As you know that test itself carries a risk of miscarriage, so many women who would not consider aborting do not take the test in the first place.

        This blog was no more true,than the one Bristol posted about the alleged twin abortion survivor, or the survivor of the co-called botched abortion. All myths.

  • 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.

    • kathleenirish

      you know nothing about what you are saying, that is obvious, ya obnoxious jerk.

      • Michelle Erb

        Actually Bristol has already admitted that this 8% thing was completely untrue. Unfortunately she did not have the decency to update this blog.

  • 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.

    • kathleenirish

      Um, so it’s okay to kill a baby if you feel like it, ever hear of adoption???

  • 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.

    • kathleenirish

      Please do not let doctors who are in the business of telling patients to abort Down Syndrome babies influence your decision. They do not know Down Syndrome kids. I was yelled at by a doctor I didn’t even know over not wanting to have an amnio done. I didn’t want to risk losing my baby, even if the risk is 1%! Very rudely told me, “Well, then, I cannot guarantee you a normal baby!” I looked at him and said, “NO ONE CAN!” That’s the truth! any baby, any person can become injured, ill, or have a situation or problem that comes about because life is unpredictable and not in our control!! You should give your baby up for adoption if you feel you cannot take care of the child, although you should give your baby a chance. I have worked with folks with Down Syndrome and other special needs for over 30 years. They are wonderful, special individuals, and deserve the right to their lives! Please find out more, I wish I could help you myself!!!

    • Denise Adams

      I don’t know if you believe in God, you may not. I do, I believe that he knows what he’s doing and has your best interests at heart. My baby brother (who is now 16) was supposed to be born with down syndrome. We (siblings)were being prepared for a baby brother with special needs. We were ready. He got here, no extra chromosome. For some reason, that test was wrong. It just makes me wonder how many abortions take place because the tests are “so accurate. ” life is a blessing. None of us are perfect, but we all have purpose.

  • Chris

    I’m Addison’s dad, and I originally made the graphic in this post. I just wanted to chime in a couple of thoughts on some of the comments. First, to the vast majority of you that recognize the preciousness and right to life of children and adults with Down Syndrome, thank you for your comments, stories, and testimonies. To the folks that have chimed in with contrary viewpoints, thank you for taking the time to thoughtfully share your opinions as well.

    I am obviously “pro-life”. The point of my picture was and is to raise awareness of the abortion rate of babies prenatally diagnosed with Down Syndrome as grossly disproportionate to the overall abortion rate (currently estimated around 21% of all pregnancies in the U.S.), and if I were to define a target audience (which I wasn’t thinking about at the time I made it), it would be the person that already has a moral predisposition toward an unborn child having a right to have a chance to live, and not particularly a “pro-choice” person. If you are already perfectly fine with the abortion of a genetically normal child, there is likely nothing I’m going to say, or any statistic too shocking, that’s going to cause you to change your mind about a Down Syndrome baby. I DO appreciate several “pro-choice” comments I read that nonetheless decry aborting a child ONLY because the child has been diagnosed as likely having Down Syndrome.

    Many “pro-life” people (and by the way, you don’t have to be a right wing Bible thumper to have a basic moral sense that unborn children should not be killed out of convenience, which are the majority of abortions performed by any metric) that I share the 92% abortion rate statistic with are horrified, and typically the first reaction of disbelief is “How can that be? I had no idea…” Hence the desire, through any opportunity, to raise awareness of that fact.

    But why raise awareness? If you don’t know a person with Down Syndrome, there’s a reason that you are hard-pressed to find a family with a person with Down Syndrome that feels anything less than complete love and adoration for that individual. Why is that? Is it some conspiracy by all Down Syndrome families to dupe expectant parents to shoulder the same “emotional and financial burden/hardships saddled with obviously suffering children” (to paraphrase several negative comments and misperceptions here), or could it just be that these children, who measure least in the eyes of our hyper materialistic, superficial culture, do in fact have, share, and inspire joy and love and compassion in a way that others cannot?

    I believe that many decisions to abort a child specifically because they might have Down Syndrome is a decision made primarily out of pride/ego (why start with a child you KNOW will never be the fastest/smartest/richest/most successful?) or out of fear of the unknown (financial burden? emotional burden? more medical issues? lifelong commitment?). Take pride and/or fear, and couple that with many (but certainly not all) medical professionals pushing expectant parents to abort babies that might have Down Syndrome (“It’ll be easier on you”, “It’s the humane thing to do for the child…”, etc.), and you end up with genocide: a grossly disproportionate, government-sponsored, socially acceptable and encouraged killing of a specific group of individuals based solely on a probable genetic anomaly.

    And before anyone gets excited over “government-sponsored”, one of the new healthcare mandates is REQUIRING free prenatal testing for Down Syndrome in every insurance policy in America. Why? Because it saves money in health care. How? Because free testing for Down Syndrome ends up in more abortions and therefore less care that has to be done, because we cull the ranks of the disabled from our society. So yes, government sponsored.

    I don’t claim to be a theologian, doctor, philosopher, politician, or sociologist. I’m just a husband and dad, blessed with a houseful of boys and a wonderful wife. Our youngest son has Down Syndrome. He is a rock star in his family, school, neighborhood, church, and community. But not out of pity. He simply brings out the very best in anyone who knows him; it is difficult to be exposed to unconditional love and joy, and a purity of heart and soul untainted by pride, arrogance, and malice, and not become a better person yourself. The more people that know what a blessing they really are, perhaps the fewer that will be killed.

    • Chris

      Also, regarding the 92% statistic: there is AMPLE independent research that puts the abortion rate for a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome (those that CHOOSE to abort a child having been told they have Down Syndrome, not the parents that don’t know until the baby is born) at anywhere from 76%-94%. Here’s the National Center for Biotechnology Information (part of the National Institute of Health) report stating a 92% abortion rate for Down Syndrome babies:

      Arguing whether it’s 83%, 92%, or somewhere in the middle is like arguing how dead you are. The point is it is GROSSLY disproportionate to non-Down Syndrome pregnancy abortions.

    • Jog

      Free prenatal does not mean that you must choose to abort of DS is diagnosed. So, that aside, having a child with DS and being well aware of the former problems with pre existing conditions and lifetime limits, are you in favor of the Affirdabke Care Act? You should be.

      • Chris

        I agree a parent with a prenatal diagnosis of DS doesn’t HAVE to abort, but that doesn’t change the fact that 76-94% DO abort, and the government certainly knows this. Free prenatal testing for DS has one purpose: more pregnancies are tested, therefore more abortions are performed, therefore less tax/healthcare dollars going to support kids/adults with a disability. Denying that would be ignorance.

        That being said, asking any thinking person if they agree with the Affordable Care Act is like asking if they agree with the tax code. There are provisions in it that are needed for sure, but I do NOT agree with it wholesale, including how it was bulldozed through Congress, the multiple constitutional violations on everything from religious freedoms to commerce (remember the Supreme Court struck down the cornerstone of Obamacare before one of the justices thought to reword/rewrite the unconstitutional individual mandate penalty to “tax” to not have it shot down cold), how Obama is conveniently (three times in the last four months) postponing the most painful consumer-facing parts until AFTER the 2016 election (go figure, the benefits without the pain until after the next election), the mandate on small and medium businesses, or the Neverland fuzzy math to justify how it will pay for itself.

    • Michelle Erb

      Ignorance is not an answer. There are many conditions that when diagnosed in utero change the birth plan and actually save the babies lives when they are delivered in a high risk hospital with surgical staff ready.

      Downs often comes with other problems such as heart conditions that
      should be treated immediately. Thanks to the ACA, at least now
      babies with birth defects can be covered by insurance immediately upon
      their birth. That alone will reduce the number of abortions.

      In the case of a truly horrible diagnosis, sometimes the loving brave thing to do is to have an abortion to spare the child torturous suffering that would lead to certain death.

  • Earalav

    They did not have a test 40 some years ago when I was born and abortion was not quite yet legal. Regardless of these two facts, my mother was told that I would most likely be a Downs Syndrome baby (based on her age) and was told by many (including a doctor) that she should get an abortion. I thank the Lord that my mother is a believer in Jesus and chose to keep me.

    I do not have Downs Syndrome, and neither do many of the babies that have been aborted in the last 40 some years based on erroneous diagnoses of Down Syndrome. The tests that they do now are far from accurate. I personally have two nieces that were told that their unborn children would have Down Syndrome. They chose to keep the babies anyway. Neither child had Downs Syndrome.

    I am totally against any type of abortion for any reason, so killing an unborn baby because of fear of that child having a birth defect of any type is abhorrent to me. I think that doctors who abort babies for reasons of possible birth defect should be required to send the baby to a independent facility to be tested for the actual birth defect. The parent should know that they murdered a perfectly healthy baby.

    • Michelle Erb

      Earalav, the reason the 8% statistic is incredibly misleading is because it only applies to a small group of women at one hospital who did have a DEFINITIVE diagnosis of down syndrome which requires amniocentisis. Nowadays, amno carries about as much as a 1% risk of causing a miscarriage. At the time of the study I believe it was still a 3-4% risk. I have heard horror stories of women who had a miscarriage caused by amnio and it turned out the fetus would have been fine.

      For that reason many women who would not have an abortion regardless of the results do not have the amnio test, and go on to deliver babies that may or may not have Downs.

      • Earalav

        Sorry, wrong answer. Both of my nieces had an amniocentis. You assume way too much, besides the fact that you entirely missed my point. Why do you troll Bristol’s blog? Did her mother offend you at some point?

        • Michelle Erb

          Actually even Bristol has admitted that the 8% statistic is wrong! She just does not have the decency to update a blog that she knows people still read.

          Do you believe every single study you hear about is correct? Or do you pick and choose?

          I am not sure what part of my respectful response makes me a troll in your eyes. The sad thing is that you can not see the huge troll right in front of your eyes – the author of this blog.

          Since you asked. I am here because Bristol and Sarah spread harmful propaganda that foments hate and divides our country. Bristol/her blogger has even stooped so low as to spread white supremacists literature. My part of living “never again” is to try and correct dangerous lies when I can.

        • Michelle Erb

          There is no way you had two relatives that got false positives for Downs with amniocenteses. Amnio is risky because it involves actually testing fetal DNA. It is incredibly accurate.

          It sounds like something got lost in the translation. The less risky tests that precede amnio can only tell if there is an elevated risk of Downs.. Amnio is accurate but carries a small risk of miscarriage. The odds that two people in the same family got false results AFTER amnio are beyond negligible. Frankly I have never heard of it happening to anyone ever, and could not find even one documented example. In a tiny fraction of cases amnio does not deliver any results at all because of a failure in the procedure, but there is no record of false positives for Downs.

          What I was getting at originally is that you should not worry about anyone aborting and then finding out the Down’s diagnosis was wrong. At least I certainly hope no one would go forward with an abortion without having amnio first. After all, the reason to forego amnio in the first place and go forward in uncertainty is the risk of miscarriage. if you are going to abort anyway, might as well risk that.

          Personally if I were told I had a risk of Downs, and nothing else (which at my age is a real possibility) I would not risk the amnio and could not have been included in the very small inaccurate study that even Bristol admits was wrong.. I was under the impression that most so-called pro-lifers would also avoid amnio.

          • Earalav

            I do not appreciate having my honesty questioned. That fact that you discredit my assertion does not make it untrue. You know that I cannot prove it on a forum like this so you feel free to just label it as untrue. Unfortunately for you it is true. My two neices (by marriage ) both had amniocenteses tests done in different states by different doctors in different years. Both were told that the test indicated that the children would have Down’s Syndrome even though both were in their twenties and not at high risk. Both were pregnant for their first child AND both gave birth to perfectly healthy normal chromosome baby boys. It does not matter to me whether you believe it or not. Truth is truth period.

          • Michelle Erb

            I did not call you a liar. I said something probably got lost in the translation. It is far more believable that someone in your family assumed it was amnio than that this medical impossibility happened to two different people you know.

            I would be curious why two healthy twenty-something women would even risk amniocentesis, if abortion was not even going to be a consideration? The second one would at least have had to think twice before risking such a thing after knowing that the other had allegedly had such a shocking misdiagnosis.

            It sounds like they had the typical tests which resulted in a diagnosis of Downs. But decided not to risk Amnio since abortion was not on the table. Did they tell you the results came from a DNA test? If not it was not amnio.

            This would certainly not be the first time someone on the internet was slightly confused about a medical matter to which he did not even have first person knowledge. There is a lot of misinformation on the internet and not everyone who spreads it is a “liar.”

            p.s. you would not have to prove anything about your nieces, just find a single medical record of amnio resulting in false positives for Downs. They do keep records of those things. False results from a DNA test would be a HUGE deal. Moreover, the forced birther movement would have a field day if they discovered people were aborting healthy fetuses after false amio tests. Proof would be a Google click away.