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90% of Babies Diagnosed With Down Syndrome Are Aborted, One Abortion Activist Wants More
Life News ^ | 7/30/14 | Cassy Fiano

Posted on 07/30/2014 2:18:38 PM PDT by wagglebee

Washington, DC (LiveAction) — Earlier this week, Live Action News writer Sarah Terzo wrote an article detailing the abhorrent treatment that many new parents receive from the medical industry after they are told of a positive diagnosis of Down syndrome. The stories are heartbreaking — unless, of course, you’re a pro-abortion extremist who would rather see all babies with Down syndrome killed off as soon as possible, please.

The pro-abortion Chelsea Hoffman responded to Terzo’s piece by denying that such abysmal treatment happens all that regularly, and argues against giving women accurate information about Down syndrome.

The folks at Live Action News are at it again: Shaming women who make the very tough and very personal choices to seek abortions. And like always, they’re targeting women who learn that their unborn children are afflicted with birth defects like Down syndrome and any other variety of chromosomal anomalies. This time they’re blaming doctors for the abortions that are sought upon learning about these diagnoses.

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There’s no doubt that some doctors lack that bedside manner that some people need, but it seems as though the latest coming from LAN is nothing more but a broadly stroked brush swiped over the entire medical industry — all based off a handful of stories that, frankly, we don’t even know are 100% true and not the exaggerations of outraged mommies and daddies.

These people believe that women should be forced to sit through educational lectures about how “wonderful” and “fulfilling” it is to have a child with Down syndrome — yet they ignore the fact that they sound no different than the extreme Christian right who want women to be forced to go through vaginal ultrasounds before going through with an abortion altogether.

Whatever happened to “live and let live?” Whatever happened to simply allowing women to make the decisions they feel are right for their bodies and their reproductive systems? For the 90+% of women who go through with abortions after learning that their unborn child has a birth defect like Down syndrome, this situation really isn’t about whether or not pro life groups are being heard well enough. The last thing a woman wants to go through is more forced lecturing over whether or not they should abort.

Hey Chelsea? There actually have been multiple studies done that show exactly what Terzo’s article brought to light.

Dr. Brian Skotko, considered by many to be a leader in research and advocacy for Down syndrome, conducted a study out of Harvard University, which was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and found that women routinely received negative, outdated information upon being given a diagnosis. Dr. Skotko is a geneticist and the co-director of the Down syndrome program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Another study found that, for every woman who had a positive experience, 2.5 women had a negative one. So for every 100 mothers who had a good experience, 250 had a bad one — but sure, let’s deride them as exaggerations from outraged mommies and daddies.

It’s because of this that many Down syndrome advocates have been encouraging the passage of pro-information bills, which mandate that doctors must give parents receiving a diagnosis, whether prenatally or after birth, up-to-date and accurate information, as well as putting the parents in touch with their state’s First Call program.

First Call gives the new parents the opportunity to be connected with a family of a child with Down syndrome. The new parents are not required to call, but simply should be given the information so that they can take advantage of it if they so choose. In the states where these pro-information bills have passed, there has been almost unanimous bipartisan support, because these are not pro-life or pro-abortion bills. They are pro-information, so that if a parent does choose to fulfill Chelsea Hoffman’s dreams and have an abortion, they are doing so with accurate information and not with a false depiction of what Down syndrome is.

Of course, Live Action News readers may recognize the name Chelsea Hoffman: she’s the same writer who defended the astronomically high abortion rate of babies with Down syndrome, because according to her, Down syndrome is broken DNA. The thing is, Hoffman is far from alone. For some reason, abortion advocates fight hard for babies with Down syndrome to be aborted, and also fight tooth and nail against parents receiving better information with which to make their decision.

Consider that several politicians have advocated for the mandatory abortions of babies with Down syndrome, or said that they should be “put down”. A New York Times writer bemoaned her friend’s lost opportunity to abort her baby with Down syndrome (whether or not her friend actually wished her child was dead is never mentioned, of course).

Pro-abortion site Jezebel threw a fit when they discovered that, thanks to the actions of a priest, parents carrying a child with Down syndrome chose to have the baby adopted rather than aborted. USA Today complained that babies with Down syndrome couldn’t be aborted if a 20 week abortion ban was instituted. The Dr. Phil Show even advocated for the mercy killing of people with disabilities.

Yep, the pro-abortion extremists sure do hate Down syndrome. Yet much to their chagrin, these pro-information bills, ensuring that stories like those in Terzo’s article are less frequent, keep getting passed. This is a bad thing, see, because if people are told that Down syndrome is actually not the end of the world, they’re less likely to kill them, and, well, apparently that would be horrible. Imagine, having to live in a world with other people who are a little bit different from you! It’s like a horror movie.

What Chelsea Hoffman doesn’t want new parents to know is that families that include children with Down syndrome overwhelmingly report being extremely happy and more fulfilled — almost 100% of parents report that they love their child with Down syndrome, and almost 90% of siblings report that they feel their brother or sister with Down syndrome has made them a better person. 99% of people with Down syndrome said that they are happy with themselves, their lives, and who they are.

Another study found the same results, with parents reporting that they had a more positive outlook on life after having their child with Down syndrome. Medical advancements, as well as early intervention services, have also improved not only the life span of people with Down syndrome, but also their quality of life. There is very little that a person with Down syndrome cannot accomplish today — they can work, live on their own, even get married and have children — and parents deserve to be told that. They should not be given outdated, stereotyped, negative information in the hopes that they’ll have an abortion. If a parent who receives a prenatal diagnosis wants to have an abortion, then they at least should be doing so with accurate, up-to-date information.

Why are abortion advocates like Chelsea Hoffman so against that? Do they truly love abortion — or hate Down syndrome — so much that the thought of women getting better information, and possibly choosing to keep their babies, outrages them? It is just another example of the sickening extremism of the pro-abortion movement.

LifeNews Note: Cassy Fiano is a twenty-something Florida native now living in Jacksonville, North Carolina who writes at a number of conservative web sites. She got her start in journalism at the Florida Times-Union. She is the mother of two sons, one of whom was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. This originally appeared at Live Action News.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; downsyndrome; moralabsolutes; prolife
Whatever happened to “live and let live?”

Nothing, we just want the baby to be allowed to live!

1 posted on 07/30/2014 2:18:38 PM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 07/30/2014 2:19:44 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 07/30/2014 2:20:07 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

IF homosexuality is genetic and one day we find that gene, it’s OK for woman to chose not to have such a child... right?

That question will get a “progressive” to explode 100% of the time.


4 posted on 07/30/2014 2:24:38 PM PDT by NoLibZone (The bad news: Hillary Clinton will be the next President. The Good news: Our principles are intact.)
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To: wagglebee

What a precious little baby!

5 posted on 07/30/2014 2:25:02 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: wagglebee

Unfortunately, that must mean that the majority of pro-life people abort them also. :(


6 posted on 07/30/2014 2:28:10 PM PDT by MNDude
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“...that must mean that the majority of pro-life people abort them also...”

Gov. Palin did not abort hers and there are those who hate her for it.


7 posted on 07/30/2014 2:41:13 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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Guess that means she is at least in the top 10% of moral Americans.


8 posted on 07/30/2014 2:46:13 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: wagglebee

I have two Down syndrome children....one born naturally and the other adopted. They are a delight.


9 posted on 07/30/2014 2:58:51 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Every person I've ever known with Down Syndrome is a delight.

Nevertheless, it wouldn't matter if they weren't, a person's demeanor shouldn't determine whether or not they are allowed to live. A "normal" teenager is likely to be unbearable at times, but that doesn't mean they don't deserve to live.

10 posted on 07/30/2014 3:04:33 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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There is a sickness in the minds of mankind who seek to destroy innocent young
life without consequence. Satan has a special place in hell for you all.
11 posted on 07/30/2014 3:12:44 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: MNDude

Not necessarily. Many pro life folk refuse the medical tests that can diagnose Down Syndrome and other defects due to the risk to the baby.

But yes, some obviously do. Maybe some of these measures, like teaching them it’s not a death sentence, would help there.


12 posted on 07/30/2014 3:16:20 PM PDT by JenB
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To: trisham

Yes. Amazingly beautiful. These children, and the adults they become, are among the sweetest human beings to ever walk our Earth. Our values are very confused.


13 posted on 07/30/2014 3:23:46 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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Our values are very confused.

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Yes, they are.

14 posted on 07/30/2014 3:29:40 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: JenB

actually, that’s a good point. I remember my wife and I refused that test when we were offered it when she was pregnant. They were really pushy for us to get it though, and I believe it had a risk!


15 posted on 07/30/2014 3:33:01 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: JenB

I just looked it up, and it says 41% of mothers decide not to do the Down Syndrome test.

I guess that number plus the 10% that don’t abort seems to be consistent with the number of pro-life people in America. My faith in humanity is restored!


16 posted on 07/30/2014 3:38:31 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

“Our values are very confused.”

They are indeed.


17 posted on 07/30/2014 3:40:17 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Salvation

There is a Down syndrome man living in my neighborhood. He lives with his elderly mother. I have watched him for years. He has worked steadily at the local grocery store for a long time (decades). He rides his bike to and from work. He is an avid sports fan. You can have a fine conversation with him.


18 posted on 07/30/2014 3:57:53 PM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: wagglebee

It’s a shame these babies are aborted. I admit to being a libertarian but very pro-life since to deny a life to a person is wrong no matter what. Without life, there is no freedom, it becomes a moot point. There are times I wonder if we have too many people but it is up for God, fate, personal choice or bum luck (or all four depending on what you believe) to decide. I admit perhaps on a legal front, abortion should be a State issue and the fight for pro-life should focus on the States but really to take a life in the womb, unless in very extreme cases which are mostly rare, is a wrong thing to do. If people make that decision on a whim, or worse, governments, we are on the way to Nazi Germany.


19 posted on 07/30/2014 4:32:54 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Mom I miss you! (8-20-1938 to 11-18-2013) Cancer sucks)
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There are those here who hated her for it


20 posted on 07/30/2014 4:58:31 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: wagglebee; Salvation

“Why are abortion advocates like Chelsea Hoffman so against that? Do they truly love abortion — or hate Down syndrome ....”

Abortion was made legal just to do away with Down Syndrome, and other birth defects like it. Hence what Margaret Sanger called “feeble minded who are the human weeds”. People like this don’t want others to love Downs babies just to eradicate them.


21 posted on 07/30/2014 8:07:30 PM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: MNDude
I just looked it up, and it says 41% of mothers decide not to do the Down Syndrome test. I guess that number plus the 10% that don’t abort seems to be consistent with the number of pro-life people in America. My faith in humanity is restored!

Those are better numbers than I really expected! I'll have to remember that the next time I'm depressed about the "90% of prenatally-diagnosed DS children aborted" stat. It does make sense, though, that women who tend pro-life would refuse the test on the grounds that they're not going to abort anyway so why add that stress.

22 posted on 07/31/2014 4:48:05 AM PDT by JenB
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