LifeSite – Dear Washington Post: You’re absolutely wrong in wanting to abort kids with Down Syndrome

LifeSite – Dear Washington Post: You’re absolutely wrong in wanting to abort kids with Down Syndrome

Below is a piece by Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA President David G. Lejeune published this week in LifeSite.

Editor’s note: Today is World Down Syndrome Day. LifeSiteNews is pleased to bring you an open letter from David G. Lejeune, President of Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA, to Washington Post editor Ruth Marcus.


March 21, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Dear Ruth Marcus, In your op-ed in The Washington Post, you claim that you would have terminated your pregnancies had the testing for each child come back positive for Down syndrome. While you are free to voice your personal opinion, even an ill-considered one, I am compelled to publically refute the statements you made regarding aborting children with Down syndrome. Lives are at stake. If your advice were accepted by others, the lives of innocent children would be eliminated and families would be deprived of loving, beautiful human beings who contribute immensely to human flourishing. 


Here are five reasons why your views are dangerous:


1. Eugenics is always wrong 


The policy you are advocating has its genesis in the dark world of eugenics, where children are selectively eliminated because something about them is considered to be undesirable. You believe that it is acceptable to terminate a pregnancy if you do not want a child, but you go a step further – you celebrate the right to selectively terminate a pregnancy when the particular child is not wanted. 


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2 Comment(s)

  • by Dlobal Ds Family Posted April 3, 2018 10:49 am

    Well done, David! Thank you for writing the words we, the parents of a child with Ds, would like to say but, could not gather to write so eloquently as you did because of the fear and anger (anguish) that boiled to the surface when we read the article you are responding to here. Both author’s brought tears to our eyes but for extremely different reasons. However, fear far surpasses any other emotion and is felt after reading both articles. Fear for our beautiful, precious daughter. Fear she is going to grow up and could possibly find herself in a world where she is not valued nor loved because society does not recognize her as a person first, before her Ds diagnosis. Fear that society is not going to understand that people who are differently abled think less with their head and more with their heart and have love to teach the rest of the world. Please SHARE everywhere to help this go viral.

  • by Irene Gifford Posted April 5, 2018 9:04 pm

    Thank you David! As mentioned from the person above, you do a great job writing defending persons with Down Syndrome.
    I am a parent of a 31-year old wonderful young man with Down Syndrome. Thank you for all you do.

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