"We may not want a child to start on life's uncertain voyage if the prospects are clouded. When this can be known at a very early age in the voyage, we may still have a chance to make a fresh start. This means detaching ourselves from the infant who has been born, cutting ourselves free before the ties that have already begun to bind us to our child have become irresistable. Instead of going forward and putting all our effort into making the best of the situation, we can still say no, and start again from the beginning".
[Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and part of President Obama's health care team, referring to Down Syndrome. Professor Singer has also argued that it should be legal for parents to decide to have their disabled infants killed up to 28 days after birth.]
"We love our Bobby Labonte and the WWF/ We love our Swaggart and Haggard,/ and we love the W., the president/ There's love all around us/ Our church friends are doing well/ And the little mongoloid children/ will keep 'em all from hell."
[From Bruce Hornsby's new album: "Levitate"...making fun of Conservatives and taking a dig at the pro-life movement's stand for the disabled (mongoloid children).]
"Indeed it has been concluded that compulsory population control laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the current Constitution"
[John Holdren, Science Czar]
"In my opinion, the moral thing for older mothers to do is to have amniocentesis, as soon during pregnancy as is safe for the fetus, test whether placental cells have a third chromosome #21, and abort the fetus if it does. The brain is the last organ to become functional."
[UNC Chapel Hill Professor Albert Harris]
Incidence of Down Syndrome babies: 1/733
5, 000+ babies are born every year with Down syndrome
92% of women that are given a pre-natal diagnosis of Down syndrome choose to abort
It is believed without abortion, the incidence of having a child with Down Syndrome would be somewhere between 1/150 or 1/100 (the same as having twins).
Most babies with Down syndrome are born to parents that were NOT given a pre-natal diagnosis
80% of babies with Down syndrome are born to women under the age of 35
"New tests expected to be introduced next year will offer a simple blood test that poses no risk to the fetus and delivers a definitive diagnosis of one of more of the genetic variants of Down syndrome -- trisomy 21, translocation, or mosaicism," the journal reported. The development of these new tests will almost surely make the practice of prenatal screening for Down syndrome more widespread. "
[The above paragraph from an article: Will Babies With Down Syndrome Just Disappear? by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. on the eradication of Down Syndrome through blood tests that will be routinely offered to all pregnant women to determine if their unborn child has Down Syndrome.
Positive Tests = abortion.]
These are just a few quotes and statistics I am throwing out to get a point across.....hopefully having a "shock" affect on those who take the time to read them. While Hope is going to fight the battle of her life on October 12th, every individual you see with Down Syndrome (or another disability) is being pursued for battle every day of his or her life. The battle is being fought on the grounds of "sanctity of life". The battle is being fought with a powerful weapon called "perfectionism".
The enemy uses whoever he can to attempt to tear down the priceless gift of life that was given to EVERY human by The Creator. Every day, as parents of the disabled, we must remind ourselves that we do not have to enter the battlefield. The battle for our special ones was won on the Cross! Each day, friends, we have victory! Our special ones have hope for a future in Glory where they will be made first in the Heavenly Kingdom! Where they will be given many crowns to lay at the feet of the King of Kings. What a glorious day that will be.
So today, our prayer needs to be for those who don't yet know The Truth. Only The Truth, The Savior, can set them free. I truly believe when the world sees with their own eyes, the joy, peace and depth of love that comes from our special ones, the "light" enters.....unexpectedly.....and eventually, the light will overtake the darkness.
We march tonight for Hope....and in marching, we also march for our little red-headed Charlie who also has Down Syndrome, and for all the disabled and parents of the disabled who have taken the time to reach out to Hope over the last several days:
"I run (or march) straight toward the goal to win the prize that God's heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus." To all of the "special ones".....Keep Marching!
We love you!