Is Trig's Life Worth Living?

Down Syndrome babies need love

Michael Gerson wrote a moving article about the New Eugenics; killing babies that may be imperfect. He points out that Civil rights for women, blacks and other minorities have risen while protections for “defective” babies has fallen dismally.

The wrenching diagnosis of 47 chromosomes must seem to parents like the end of a dream instead of the beginning of a life. But children born with Down syndrome — who learn slowly but love deeply — are generally not experienced by their parents as a curse but as a complex blessing. And when allowed to survive, men and women with an extra chromosome experience themselves as people with abilities, limits and rights. Yet when Down syndrome is detected through testing, many parents report that genetic counselors and physicians emphasize the difficulties of raising a child with a disability and urge abortion.

This is properly called eugenic abortion — the ending of “imperfect” lives to remove the social, economic and emotional costs of their existence. And this practice cannot be separated from the broader social treatment of people who have disabilities. By eliminating less perfect humans, deformity and disability become more pronounced and less acceptable. Those who escape the net of screening are often viewed as mistakes or burdens. A tragic choice becomes a presumption — “Didn’t you get an amnio?” — and then a prejudice. And this feeds a social Darwinism in which the stronger are regarded as better, the dependent are viewed as less valuable, and the weak must occasionally be culled.

Christians must not sit on the sidelines while this happens in America. Now is a good time to speak up and tell the truth.

Read the entire article by Michael Gerson – Trig’s Breakthrough.

You may also want to read Andrew Sulivan’s article, Why Trig Matters for an additional perspective.

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4 replies
  1. Humbled Infidel
    Humbled Infidel says:

    This is so sad. It instantly made me think about Hilter. We need to remember that God is the author of life and death, not the socialist doctors of our time.

  2. JudgeRight
    JudgeRight says:

    Thankfully, Sarah Palin’s child has brought this topic to the forefront of our society. This is an important debate to have in a time when we can pre-screen so called quality of life issues before a baby is born. Abortion is viewed as a viable option to inconvienced parents by today’s pop culture. This matter is of highest importance in the morality of our society. If we cannot value the least among us, then we as a society cannot truly value any life and it becomes only a matter of time before we are routinely killing people who incovenience the government or the larger society.

    This moral issue centers around the world view of our changing culture. If life is inherently valuable and has a God given right to exist and join the struggle for survival and success, then all our rights are God given. If however our rights are meted out by the government and our morality is governed by our hearts, then no one has any assured rights. Several years ago a woman desired to be married to a dolphin. Was she wrong? After all, she was following her heart. This is an extreme example of how our hearts can lead us astray from morality. Morality governed by a higher being rather than by a governing body or each individual or even a majority within a culture. All of these methods of determining morality have proved to be as malleable as soup over time. This is how a society gets to the point they can be ordered and forced to limit their child bearing capabilities to one child per couple as in China today. This is how a society can become intolerant of an entire race or sub-culture as in the Holocaust. Last year more than 250,000 babies were killed in the womb, many and perhaps most as a matter of inconvenience to the mother. There is no excuse for this absence of morality, and further, professionals are arguing for the elimination of “defective’ babies with the parents. Shouldn’t we consider that these are living beings, worthy of our valuing their existence?

  3. Missouri Mule
    Missouri Mule says:

    This reminds me of ‘the least amongst us’, and how our regard of them reflects on our own lives. I cannot understand how people have come to view pregnancy…a gift from Almighty God…as some sort of curse or burden.

    I think it was some guy named Jefferson that said something to the effect of reflecting that God is just and trembling for his nation, knowing that God’s wrath cannot rest forever.

    We have to pray day and night that this nightmare will cease one day soon.

  4. Phillysoul11
    Phillysoul11 says:

    This is a bit sad, both for the children who suffer from down syndrome… but also for those who advocate eugenic abortion…
    for judgment day is drawing closer…
    Its such a shame

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