By Right to Life UK Iceland has been called out at the United Nations for its treatment of people with Down’s syndrome in an apparent reference to the fact that almost 100% of babies with Down’s syndrome in Iceland are aborted. Towards the end of January, at the Universal Periodic Review in the Human Rights …Continue reading "Iceland called out at UN for aborting almost 100% of babies diagnosed with Down’s syndrome"
By Right to Life UK A mum from Northern Ireland has recorded a moving song as her son turns one in order to help spread a positive message about Down’s syndrome. Peter and Sara did not know that their son had Down’s syndrome until after he was born. Sara said: “The scary thing was we …Continue reading "Mum records moving song to spread positive message on children with Down’s Syndrome"
By Cassy Fiano-Chesser Elana Meyers Taylor has become the most decorated Black athlete in Winter Olympics history, and she’s done it with a toddler with special needs, who is still breastfeeding. Meyers Taylor, 37, gave birth to her son, Nico, two years ago. Nico has Down syndrome, and he has quickly become an important part …Continue reading "Mom of toddler with special needs is most decorated Black athlete in Winter Olympics history"
By Sherri Pigue Zoey O’Hehir took the phone call from her OB/GYN while she was teaching her preschool class in Central West/Orana region in NSW, Australia. It was an important call – one she’d been waiting on for three weeks. Several weeks prior, a preliminary ultrasound screening and blood test indicated her preborn baby was at high risk for …Continue reading "“Down syndrome is not a death sentence”- Parents reject doctor-scheduled abortion"
I understand the fear many women feel in facing a prenatal diagnosis. I wish more of them knew that countless families with children with Down syndrome have lives marked by love and joy, lives that have been changed for the better. Read the full story.Continue reading "“Penny was not the ‘perfect baby’ that I expected, but she was exactly the baby I needed.”"
By Dave Andrusko Amy Julia Becker is a name known to many of our readers. We’ve commented on several of her terrific essays in this space. Her webpage says she is an “Award-winning writer and speaker on personal, spiritual, and social healing.” She writes with great eloquence stories about children with Down syndrome—including her own now …Continue reading "“Countless families with children with Down syndrome have lives marked by love and joy, lives that have been changed for the better”"
By Cassy Fiano-Chesser In an essay for Love What Matters, Holly Camarda recounted the callous way medical staff delivered her son’s Down syndrome diagnosis. Camarda said her pregnancy with her son, Forrest, was easy — he was so mellow and calm inside the womb that she felt sure something was wrong. Doctors waived off her …Continue reading "Doctor informs couple of son’s Down syndrome by handing them Special Olympics flyer"
“Charlotte was just a few hours old when a maternity nurse suggested to me I could leave her at the hospital and return home to carry on my life without my baby,” Laitner said. “It was the first but not the last time I felt pitied to have a child with Down’s syndrome.” Yet her …Continue reading "Things only got worse from there."
By Cassy Fiano-Chesser A United Kingdom woman is telling the world about the terrible advice she received after giving birth to a daughter with Down syndrome. In an article written for the Daily Mail, she outlined how staff reacted to the surprise diagnosis, and how little compassion was shown for her baby — or for her. …Continue reading "Woman encouraged to abandon daughter with Down syndrome at the hospital"
Editor’s note. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. We’ve been posting new and previously run stories all month. This appeared on the National Right to Life’s BuzzFeed page. Individuals with Down syndrome are precious gifts to our world. Here are just a few reasons why they are so awesome! 1.) They’re pointing out that every life …Continue reading "14 Reasons Why People With Down Syndrome Are Awesome"
By Nancy Valko This month, it was revealed that President Joe Biden “wants Congress to pass a law making abortions legal up to birth” after the US Supreme Court refused to temporarily block the Texas Heartbeat Law. While talking to a friend about this, I remembered a 2000 Voices magazine article I wrote about why every …Continue reading "My 2000 Voices Magazine Article: Who Wants a “Defective” Baby?"
By Eileen Haupt 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. In our family, this month we also celebrated a major milestone for my 22-year-old daughter with Down syndrome, Sadie—her first paycheck! She recently began working …Continue reading "Tremendous progress, but still a long way to go for children with Down syndrome"