By Sarah Terzo
The mother of a child with Down Syndrome wrote:
“When I hear about people who have aborted such a child [with Down syndrome] because they didn’t want him to have to “live a life like that,” I am incredulous. How someone comes to the conclusion that not allowing a child to live at all is somehow better than living as a special needs child is beyond comprehension. Aborting a disabled child removes the option looking at the glass as half empty or half full. Abortion takes the glass and heaves it over the side of a cliff while the pieces shatter on the rocks below. While it may eliminate the disappointment, sorrow and frustration, it also eliminates the hope, joy and pride of accomplishment that a child can bring. What a travesty. What arrogance. What right to have to destroy that little person because he doesn’t measure up to someone’s standard?”
Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.
Lori Schneck, “A Normal Life” Concerned Women for America, November 23, 2005.