Wednesday, October 15, 2008

i was reading in the Today's Family email i got this morning that they've developed a new test for Downs Syndrome ~ & the story said something that broke my heart. i was going to type "shocked me" but, really, that's just not true anymore. It said that around 90% of babies diagnosed in utero with Downs are aborted in the US right now. i followed the link to their source & found this quote:
But Dr. Will Johnston, president of Canadian Physicians for Life, reacted to ACOG’s pre-natal testing endorsement as another step toward eugenics.
“The progress of eugenic abortion into the heart of our society is a classic example of “mission creep,’ ” Johnson said in an article posted on the group’s Web site in February 2007. “In the 1960s, we were told that legal abortion would be a rare tragic act in cases of exceptional hardship. In the ‘70s abortion began to be both decried and accepted as birth control. In the ‘80s respected geneticists pointed out that it was cheaper to hunt for and abort Down’s babies than to raise them. By the ‘90s that observation had been widely put into action. Now we are refining and extending our eugenic vision, with new tests and abortion as our central tools.”
No wonder it makes me nervous to go to the doctor when i'm pregnant. i do refuse all the tests, but i wonder in a profession that is so bent on a search and destroy mission, if my views on the sanctity of life would be shouted down? What if we're better off letting little ones grow 'in the secret place' ~ unwatched & untested?
"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous- how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered." ~ Psalm 139:13-17


Mindy said...

Wow, how sad. I had no idea how things had progressed in that way, since the 60s (at least!). It's so tragic to think of those children being aborted because they weren't "perfect."

Do you remember Jennie from our Sticky Buns group? Her Micah has Down Syndrome and she's doing "31 For 21" in her blog. Posting daily in October for Down Syndrome awareness. I'm learning a lot!

paige said...

mindy, i'd love a link if you wouldn't mind posting here!!

Mindy said...

Here ya go!


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