By David Lejeune, President, James LeJeune Foundation USA
Editor’s note. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a time to celebrate individuals who carry an extra 21st chromosome and to raise awareness about this most common genetic condition. This ran in 2021.
Sadly, people with genetic disorders, and Down syndrome in particular, are often aborted simply because of their disability. Many people think that embryos are simply a “blob of cells” and not a distinct human life; or they believe that the value of human life is tied to an individual’s capabilities or stage of development.
They couldn’t be more wrong.
But if you want to have meaningful discussions with others about human life, you need to be armed with the facts. You need to be able to answer questions like:
When does life begin? What is an embryo? Why does it matter?
To best care and advocate for others, you must first understand the inherent value of life. And there’s no better time than Down Syndrome Awareness Month to educate yourself and others about how to best care and advocate for people with Down syndrome – including the unborn.
That’s why we’re releasing the Handbook on the Human Embryo, now available for free download in the United States!
The recent Texas pro-life heartbeat law has generated many conversations about these very issues. It is vital not only for people to have access to this handbook, but for the medical community to utilize it, so that doctors who truly understand the human embryo can better educate their patients.
At the Jerome Lejeune Medical Center in Denver, CO, our medical professionals do just that. With their vast knowledge of the specific needs of individuals with Down syndrome and the different conditions that affect them, they strive to provide the highest quality of care – ensuring that every patient lives their best life.