By Kurt Kondrich
Editor’s note. October is Down syndrome Awareness Month. We will be posting stories, just like this one, all month.
Each year during the fall season there is a priceless display of the sanctity of all Life in the heart of New York City that kicks off October’s Down Syndrome Awareness month.
The National Down syndrome Society video plays on the big screen in Times Square and the pictures highlight the ABILITIES of these amazing individuals. A photo of my awesome 11-year-old daughter Chloe playing volleyball was chosen for this year’s magical presentation. Countless people from across the country and the globe gathered to see what an incredible blessing people with Down syndrome are to their families and communities.
The sad reality is that up to 90%+ of individuals with Down syndrome never get a chance to submit pictures for this remarkable Times Square video because they are identified, targeted and eliminated prenatally. Negative perceptions and prenatal prejudice in our misguided culture of death has fueled this silent genocide of beautiful human beings who exemplify kindness and purity. Our society cannot afford to lose the bright light these individuals bring into our world, and this light was clearly on display in the Big Apple!
Since Chloe’s birth I have witnessed her piercing light of unconditional love chase away much darkness. I’ve imagined how bright our world would be if more people with Down syndrome were embraced and not prenatally erased.
An old song about New York says “If I can make it there I can make it anywhere.” I pray and hope one day all human beings like Chloe and the ones in the Times Square video will be given the opportunity to be born and “make it here” to a world that desperately needs them!
Romans 13:12 “Let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light”