March 29, 2018
Dear Friend of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation,
Thank you again for your overwhelming support after I penned the open letter in response to the piece in The Washington Post. Many of you have reached out to me with stories about your loved ones with Down syndrome and how much they mean to you. Thank you!
I heard from the mother of a teen with Down syndrome whose passion and care especially encouraged me:
The pieces below include highlights from the exciting events that we were involved in on World Down Syndrome Day, as well as some of our favorite recent heartwarming stories. Enjoy!
May you and your family have a blessed Easter!
Breitbart News: Lejeune president denounces ‘dark eugenics’ behind abortion of babies with Down syndrome
Read the Breitbart News highlight of the open letter, Children with Down syndrome have the right to live even if you do not want them – “It’s a good thing that groups like the Jerome Lejeune Foundation continue to summon us to be touched—as individuals and as a nation—by the better angels of our nature.”
LifeSiteNews – Dear Washington Post: You’re absolutely wrong in wanting to abort kids with Down Syndrome
“People with genetic abnormalities or disabilities stand no chance of being accepted in a society that tolerates eugenics. Abortion for the sole reason of eliminating a particular child, one with Down syndrome, is no different than eliminating a child because she is female…”
Remember John Franklin Stephens’ powerful speech: “I am a man with Down syndrome and my life is worth living” and Charlotte Fien, who spoke out after Ben Achour said to the UN that babies with Down syndrome should be “eliminated”? Last week, the two spoke before the United Nations at an event co-organized by the Jerome Lejeune Foundation.
The panel held during World Down Syndrome Day at the United Nations in New York City, co-sponsored by the Jerome Lejeune Foundation, produced some incredible discussion. “Aborting a child with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome is a gross violation of human rights and anti-discriminatory commitments, and can be considered genocide.”
Maryanne and Tommy Pilling are a unique couple; they were the first couple with Down syndrome to marry in the UK. Although they faced much criticism, and some said it wouldn’t last, they have now been married for 23 years…