Why are we so afraid of Down syndrome?

By Bonnie Finnerty, Education Director, Pennsylvania Pro-life Federation Brad was his name. He was the first student I ever taught who had Down syndrome. I was just entering my second year of full-time teaching. I held a Reading Specialist certificate and had taken several special education courses. So one might think I’d feel well prepared. …

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Raising son with Down’s syndrome my “greatest pro-life work” says mother

By Society for the Protection of Unborn Children Catherine Daub, from the United States, has said that her eighth living child, William, who has Down’s syndrome, is her “greatest pro-life work”. Raising him has dispelled the negative assumptions about the condition that society and the media have imposed on the West. William was a surprise …

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Even Snopes couldn’t get this wrong

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note: October is Down syndrome awareness month. This first appeared in October 2019. This does fall under the category of “Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.” Snopes is arguably the most self-important “fact checker” around, yet layered with biases so thick that, if they were paint, …

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“You’re my light in the dark, and it’s a privilege to be your dad. Love always, daddy”

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a time, according to The Jerome Lejeune Foundation, when “we applaud caregivers, families, and medical professionals — but most of all, we applaud all the wonderful people with Down syndrome.” All during October we’ll be running many new and previously published stories. This one …

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The limitless possibilities for babies with Down syndrome

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Editor’s note. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. All month we have posted new stories and reposting previously run stories. The next time you hear that the prospects for children with Down syndrome are bleak, I would like you to think about Chloe Kondrich. The 17-year-old …

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“The reality of having a baby with Down syndrome is nothing like your fear, and your sadness will be transformed into joy”

By Eileen Haupt Editor’s note. October is Down syndrome awareness month.  In the 1980s, the newly formed National Down Syndrome Society worked to have October recognized as National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.  This designation continues to this day and (in normal years), marked by some 250 communities across the U.S. holding local Buddy Walks, in …

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month reminds us our need to share our experiences of connection with people with an extra chromosome

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation The young man greeted our party warmly as we walked through the door of a neighborhood restaurant. He approached his tasks with diligence and grace, and made us feel welcomed and special. The gentleman happened to have an extra chromosome. This did not matter, and should …

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Honoring the sacred human nature of those most vulnerable members of our society

By Leticia Velasquez, Co-founder of KIDS (Keep Infants with Down Syndrome) Editor’s note. October is Down Syndrome Awareness month. We are posting new stories and previously posted stories. This story ran in 2019. I spend time online every day, engaging social media on behalf of  the culture of life. Encountering hateful speech is an occupational hazard, but …

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Woman with Down’s syndrome to take abortion case to Court of Appeal

By Right to Life UK A woman with Down’s syndrome has vowed to take her case against the Government over the UK’s discriminatory abortion law to the Court of Appeal after the High Court rejected her legal challenge. Earlier today, Heidi Crowter, 26, who has Down’s syndrome and Máire Lea-Wilson, who has a two-year-old son …

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Biden shockingly fires Kurt Kondrich

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation In a stunning move, President Joe Biden has fired the father of a teen with Down syndrome from a national disability council. As Fox News reported, the decision has been heartbreaking for Kurt Kondrich’s 18-year-old daughter, Chloe. President Donald Trump appointed Kurt to a two-year position with the …

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The blessing of a special needs child enriches families

By Maria V. Gallagher Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation         When Rachel Campos-Duffy’s children return home from a break from college, they are most eager to see their little sister, Valentina.         “She is just pure joy…love!” Campos-Duffy says.         Valentina happens to have an extra chromosome, and her mother has said that makes her extra cute.         “She …

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