The pro-abortion group the Center for Reproductive Rights reported Monday that a Dallas woman left Texas to abort her preborn daughter, who is at the center of a legal battle on the state’s Pro-Life laws.
“We mourn the decision to take Baby Cox’s life rather than give her every chance at life,” responded Texas Right to Life Director of Media and Communication Kimberlyn Schwartz. “We want parents to know that there is hope when facing difficult fetal diagnoses. There are life-affirming options rather than abortion. Nonprofits across America, such as AbelSpeaks.org, help parents honor their children’s lives when facing a life-limiting illness.”
Last week, the Center for Reproductive Rights brought a lawsuit on behalf of Dr. Damla Karsan and Kate Cox, who is 20 weeks pregnant. Baby Cox was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, a chromosomal disorder that could shorten her life. Dr. Karsan and Ms. Cox sought approval from the court to abort Baby Cox in Texas. A liberal judge ruled Thursday in their favor, but quickly after, the Texas Supreme Court blocked the order, therefore protecting the 20-week-old baby.
The lawsuit began because one doctor anticipates that Baby Cox’s illness could require a cesarean section or induction, which could put Ms. Cox’s future fertility at risk. Other medical experts, however, believe that this pregnancy does not jeopardize Ms. Cox’s ability to have more children.
The tragedy of this case is compounded by the discriminatory rhetoric targeting Baby Cox. The media quickly parroted the inaccurate and terrible notion that children with life-limiting disabilities are “failed pregnancies” and “doomed” to a life without value. The Pro-Life position honors the dignity of every single human being, regardless of their size, disability, illness, or life span.
The truth is that when children with Trisomy 18 are given a chance, they far outlive the negative prognoses given by pro-abortion medical professionals. One doctor at the University of Michigan reports a 90% survival rate for babies born with Trisomy 18.
We as a culture should value both the mother and child, and babies with disabilities deserve more protection from us, not less.