By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Editors note. This is Down syndrome awareness month. This first ran last year. It is will warm your heart,
Cyberworld is full of amazing testaments to the beauty of life—if only we have eyes to see and a heart ready to be filled.
I was reminded of this truism when a colleague sent me a TikTok video labeled @tellmethenewsjohnny.
You see a sorrowful woman who is being asked a series of question by a doctor. It’s as if she has a computer screen in front on which she can respond. You can see her expressions and how she answers life-and-death questions.
First, she is told by a doctor, “You know you can abort this pregnancy?” The woman, who is crying, is left with two options: “yes” or “no.”
[Spoiler alert: If you want to see the dramatic response yourself, stop reading and view the video now.]
The woman, with an almost imperceptible shake of her head, presses “no,” and lets out a breath. But that is just the beginning.
She is then confronted with a second question. Like the first, it is intended to steer her in the direction of death. The doctor says, “Having a child with Down syndrome means you won’t have a normal life, are you sure?”
The woman pauses, exhales a tiny breath, and again responds “yes.” It is as if she has passed a test, something out of Greek mythology. Her reward is to be asked, “Okay, would you like to see your future?”
Letting out another deep breath, the woman eagerly nods her head in agreement and presses “yes.”
In the next segment, we see a beautiful baby, with a smile that lights up the screen. In a series of clips, we see the baby crawling, standing, playing, and walking—each milestone met with abundant encouragement by his real-life mother.
The ending is a true tear-jerker: A message which reads, “I wouldn’t change you for the world.”
It is not the life-affirming ending alone that makes this less than one-minute-long video so powerful. The woman’s face, the pain in her eyes, the intake and exhale of breath (as if to summon her courage) as she contemplates her answers speak volumes. You really sense a woman facing a genuine crisis who overcomes her fears.
If you haven’t already done so, give yourself a gift today and watch the video. Chances are it will capture your heart—and remind you of the incredible joy that can be found in raising a child with Down syndrome.