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We as a nation are greatly enriched by the contributions of people with Down syndrome

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It was a visit with the Vice President that went viral.

Seventeen-year-old Chloe Kondrich, a young woman with Down syndrome, ran up to Vice President Mike Pence and hugged him at a campaign event in western Pennsylvania. The electrifying moment was captured on video and spread quickly through social media. Even the Vice President himself acknowledged Chloe on his Twitter feed.

Such precious moments are important to remember this October, as we mark Down Syndrome Awareness Month. So many young people such as Chloe are making a difference in their schools, their communities, and their families.

Opportunities for people with Down syndrome have expanded over the decades. Still, these individuals with an extra chromosome face discrimination before they are even born.

Research indicates that the majority of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in utero are aborted. It is such a massive tragedy that so many families are robbed of the gift of children with Down syndrome by the abortion industry, which callously takes the lives of these precious babies.

I spoke recently with Chloe’s father, Kurt, who has become one of the nation’s leading advocates for children with special needs. We spoke of how, in this world that is so often filled with darkness, children such as Chloe cast an incredible light. We as a society need such children, with their special giftedness, to bring out the best of ourselves.

I am reminded of Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett, mother of seven, who said her youngest child, a child with Down syndrome, is the favorite member of the family. It is alarming to think that so many families, pressured by doctors to abort, never get the chance to experience such a wonderful addition to their clans.

While many children with Down syndrome may never get the chance to meet a Vice President, each should be honored nonetheless for the unique gifts they bring to the world. We as a nation are greatly enriched by the contributions of people with Down syndrome. May their lights shine for many years to come!


Daniel Miller is responsible for nearly all of National Right to Life News' political writing.

With the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, Daniel Miller developed a deep obsession with U.S. politics that has never let go of the political scientist. Whether it's the election of Joe Biden, the midterm elections in Congress, the abortion rights debate in the Supreme Court or the mudslinging in the primaries - Daniel Miller is happy to stay up late for you.

Daniel was born and raised in New York. After living in China, working for a news agency and another stint at a major news network, he now lives in Arizona with his two daughters.

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