Showing earlier than a Congressional Committee, Frank Stephens was in a position to unfold the truth that his life with Down syndrome was one “price residing.” He was there to counter arguments by abortion lovers who wish to cut back the variety of individuals with Down syndrome to zero, which Stephens known as a “closing answer.”
“I don’t really feel I ought to need to justify my existence. Is there actually no place for us on the planet?”
Not too long ago, CBS ran a narrative that claimed that Iceland had “eradicated” Down syndrome, which doesn’t imply that they had discovered a approach to treatment or deal with the dysfunction, which is attributable to a genetic difficulty on the 21st chromosome. Iceland was merely aborting each child that had been discovered to have the dysfunction earlier than that they had an opportunity to be born.
“Let’s be America, not Iceland or Denmark.”
Stephens went on to criticize the prenatal screenings that establish and will encourage termination, and that whereas it’s arduous for him to say it, he understands “that the individuals pushing this explicit closing answer are saying that individuals like me shouldn’t exist.”
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An Obama-appointed District Court docket Decide, Tanya Walton, not too long ago overturned an abortion ban in Indiana that prevented ladies from present process abortions as a result of they didn’t just like the little one’s intercourse or race, or if they didn’t like that the kid had Down syndrome. The Decide remarked that that is to guard the “girl’s proper to decide on an abortion” no matter her causes for the selection.
Not too long ago President Trump gave an announcement condemning individuals who wish to abort youngsters with genetic abnormalities together with Down syndrome, and giving a powerful protection of people that dwell with the dysfunction.
“Sadly, there stay too many individuals – each in the US and all through the world – that also see Down syndrome as an excuse to disregard or discard human life,” mentioned Trump. “All individuals have inherent dignity.”
In ending his remarks, Stephens urges the panel to contemplate his perception that his life with Down syndrome is “price residing.”
In response to the World Down Syndrome Basis, Stephens first made the information in 2012 when he wrote an open letter to Ann Coulter for utilizing the time period retard to explain President Obama, the place he appeared on Pier Morgan’s present to debate the “r-word” marketing campaign that encourages individuals to take away the time period from their informal vocabulary, citing it to be demeaning to individuals like him. He met with Barack and Michelle Obama, and has additionally criticized the Godless Richard Dawkins for stating his opinion that it’s immoral to not abort a toddler in the event you discover out that it has Down syndrome, as a result of individuals with Down syndrome trigger extra struggling than happiness to be introduced into the world.
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