By Dave Andrusko
The headline in today’s Washington Post, “Babies with Down syndrome are put on center stage in the U.S. abortion fight” is a reminder of the power of dedicated parents, pro-life activists, and social media to change opinions.
To be clear up front, while Post reporter Ariana Eunjung Cha is saying that pro-life legislation to ban the practice of abortion children solely because they have Down syndrome “has put Down syndrome front and center in the abortion debate,” her story is not suggesting it is the sole focal point of pro-life legislative initiatives.
She quite accurately points out the are many other examples of what the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute calls “a lattice work of abortion law, codifying, regulating and limiting whether, when, and under what circumstances a woman may obtain an abortion.”
According to Cha,
The most prominent campaigns include “pain-capable” bills (aimed at banning abortions after 20 weeks based the claim that fetuses can feel pain after that time), efforts to restrict abortion if a woman is seeking one due to the gender or race of the child, waiting periods, state-mandated counseling, and requirements for parental approval for minors to obtain abortions.
And, of course, there are others, including “Abortion Reversal” legislation. But Ariana Eunjung Cha is right to focus on the efforts to forbid killing unborn babies solely because they have an extra chromosome.
Of late it is capturing the imagination for two reasons, one awful, one beautiful.
The bills making their way through U.S. state legislatures come on the heels of a report that aired on CBS in the summer that Iceland is “eradicating Down syndrome.” The report created an uproar. Author Bonnie Rochman, writing in Quartz, called the situation in Iceland a “disturbing, eugenics-like reality.” The “Everybody Loves Raymond” actress Patricia Heaton tweeted that “Iceland isn’t actually eliminating Down syndrome. They’re just killing everybody that has it. Big difference.”
As ugly as that is, we have on the positive side of the ledger the decision by Gerber baby food. Cha writes
This year, Gerber, the maker of baby food, lit up social media with expressions of delight when it announced that it had chosen Lucas Warren — who has Down syndrome — as its newest “spokesbaby.”
The usual abort-for-any-reason crowd laments that anything or anybody gets in the way of “choice.”
One look at Lucas Warren tells us the price of “choice” is way, way too high.