December 14, 2017
Dear Friend of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation,
I hope this finds you enjoying your Advent season! There is a lot going on right now; we have updates for you about the work of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation, as well as some urgent international information. Please find important stories highlighted below.
Thank you for your continued support of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation! It is because of people like you that we are able to better advocate and care for our brothers and sisters with Down syndrome.
Sign the Petition: Demand an Apology from United Nations’ Ben Achour
We’ve discussed the shameful comments regarding the abortion of babies with Down Syndrome that were made by Ben Achour of the United Nations Human Rights Committee. The Jerome Lejeune Foundation and coalition members launched a petition to demand an apology from Achour and the committee. We currently have over 34,000 signatures, and our goal is 50,000.
How My Work with Madame Jerome Lejeune Changed My View of the World
We have been privileged to have Brittany volunteer at our headquarters in Virginia. She shares about her volunteer experience, specifically her opportunity to accompany Madame Jerome Lejeune on her meetings (that she helped coordinate!) last month. We are encouraged by her passion: “With the skyrocketing statistics of babies aborted with Down syndrome, it is increasingly important to fight for the lives of these beautiful children… The work of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation has forever changed my view of the world and my understanding of the importance of each life.”
Actress Patricia Heaton: Iceland is not eliminating Down syndrome, but killing those with it
The tweet posted by CBS news in August claiming that “Iceland is on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion” evoked an immediate, worldwide response – and we’re still seeing meaningful conversation and important action taken across the world as a result.
Jerome Lejeune Foundation fights to protect unborn babies with Down syndrome in Indiana
The Jerome Lejeune Foundation has joined with the organizations Saving Downs, Down Pride, and Women Speak for Themselves to file a friend-of-the-court brief with the United States 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The brief addresses an Indiana law which bans abortions based on a child’s disability, race, or sex, and has been filed by attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom and the Bioethics Defense Fund-the lead counsel who developed the legal argument.