What strikes me about it is the difference between the Christian worldview,
which can see the great potential in the love that can overcome disease and illness,
and the utilitarian view of our so called ‘progressive’ societies.
Two years ago I wrote a post entitled “Dear Future Mom”—
there were a couple of YouTube clips included—one is no longer available on the post…
it was an offering from the BBC narrated by Sally Phillips, a noted British actress,
who was documenting the story about Iceland and its stance on Down Syndrome.
Ms Philips is the mom of a son with Down Syndrome.
The clip focused on children with Down Syndrome and the growing pressure on
moms-to-be, particularly moms in the UK,
who are being pressured to accept an abortion if prenatal bloodwork notes the presence of
a birth defect such as Down Syndrome.
Should we find it more than ironic that a poll was just recently released regarding the
happiest countries in the world…
with most of the Scandinavian nations scoring highest…
Yet is there a correlation that 100% of moms-to-be in these “happy” countries who test
positive for Downs must receive an abortion??
An automatic death sentence yet these are supposedly “happy” people living in
And now we are learning that 90% of UK moms testing positive are advised to abort…
How are you a happy nation when you decide that a child who has a birth defect is
not worth being born???
Our Wee Flea friend offered this latest moving video, along with the accompanying post
which originally appeared in Christian Today.
He asked that the story be shared…
So share we shall…
Below is the link to the full story…
It is so sad we are now seeing a movement grow to abort unborn babies with Down Syndrome. What an abomination to our God.
Thanks for getting the word out. Be blessed.
To me Michael, this is a truly unspoken epidemic of death and an abomination to God’s Holiness!
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Every life is precious. I have found, in working with special needs kids, that thrive when given the opportunity to do so. When I had my children’s theater we had a few students who needed a little extra attention, because of a learning disability, ADHD or an inborn birth defect. Each of those kids learned to love being on stage. One earned a college scholarship because of the skills learned through drama. Just because something is defective, we don’t just throw it out. We put lots of attention and love into fixing it. Our country has become so disposable it’s ridiculous, but that’s a whole nuther post.
That could be an interesting one.
I find it highly ironic that the world clings to life so desperately and yet gives no value to any life deemed “burdensome.”
Many people cast aside the weak—elderly parents and voiceless children—so they don’t have to be “weighted down” with the responsibility of caring for them.
Let’s face it—It IS hard caring for autistic children, down syndrome babies, and parents with dementia. It DOES demand more of ourselves than we may want to give. It WILL sap us of our energy and maybe some of our happiness. Accepting responsibility is not an easy or glamorous task—it’s gritty, it’s frustrating, and it’s downright unpleasant sometimes.
But isn’t that what Christ wants us to do for others? Aren’t we supposed love others the way He loves us? What if He had cast us aside because we were ugly or imperfect? This is the gospel and we live it out when we make these hard choices and show the power of selfless love.
When I was caring for my dad, first with the dementia and then with the cancer…we had hired a care service to help with both his and my stepmother’s care—especailly at night since I didn’t live in the same city but was driving over daily to “oversee” things—
I need some “experts” helping. I would take them to appointments, shopping, paying bills, managing the house…while the ladies would help bath, dress, cook, etc… And eventually we also had to have Hospice care when dad become so ill. But one of the ladies actually said to me “Julie, I’m not trying to be funny or say anything bad but most white folks like you don’t do what you’re doing for your dad. They just get our service and then that’s that. They have us do the things you’re doing plus the cooking, cleaning and caring…I’ve not met a white person doing what you’re doing”
Now to some folks that might sound insensitive let alone overtly non PC but it didn’t bother me because I understood what she meant.
In her eyes, most families that could bring in a service would then go off and live their lives without batting an eye.
But I didn’t see it that way. It’s like I told her—“that’s my dad and his care is my responsibility”
Ours is a society of conveince…sadly
There is definitely nothing wrong with getting help because we all need it. My dad is an RN who worked for hospice for close to 30 years. Even with his expertise, my mom and dad have someone come over to help a couple days a week because they need to do things like shopping and cleaning (or even getting a chance to exercise or enjoy a quiet cup of coffee alone). We aren’t machines…
And I know exactly what that lady meant. Our society has lost its commitment to caring for our families. I am grateful for people like you and people like my parents who shine the light of love in caring for their own parents, or their disabled children. I believe strongly that the experience is essentially making you more like Christ. He is refining the soul into something more beautiful than we realized possible. May the Lord bless you, Julie and grant you a season of refreshing.
Every lives are precious…our church has been gifted with an usual amount of special needs and mentally challenged. I believe it has made me see the precious value of every life!
It does put priorities into perspective Jim —that’s for sure!
When I was growing up I remember hearing about a practice that astonished me. Supposedly, the American plains Indians had to follow the buffalo herd to survive. When someone became to old to follow the herd, they were left with some food, a fire, and time to wait until they died.
Was the story true? I don’t know, but I suppose it is no longer politically correct to believe American Indians would do such a thing. They are supposed to be noble savages (which is an oxymoron).
I know that infanticide was once common in the ancient world. Now we have replaced that practice with abortion. I know we have advocates for euthanasia, and I know of reports of senicide (or geronticide). Such practices are almost forgivable when done by stone age peoples. How we expect to live with ourselves and do such things I don’t know.
Me either Tom
Before I lost my first born (stillborn) there was some question as to whether or not he had Downs Syndrome. The nurse practitioner pressured me to have an amniocentesis. The only purpose, by her admission, was to absolutely identify Downs Syndrome in order to follow through with an abortion. The HMO called at 6pm and the cut off for the procedure and decision about abortion was the following day. When I said I wouldn’t have an abortion despite what the test said, they would not give the test or any other test to me. After he was stillborn, they did an autopsy. No sign of anything wrong with my little boy… no sign of Downs. That was 24 years ago. Pressure to abort Downs Syndrome babies has been around in the U.S. for a while. 😦 Great post, Julie! Much ❤ and huge hugs!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
It’s a time Lynn that I wish I had known you and could have been there for you as I can only imagine the heartache and pain.
That was such a great video Julie, thanks for sharing. The movement to eliminate Downs kids is just pure evil, there is no other way to describe it and the fact that its leaders are so full and proud of themselves for making such progress brings to mind the Hitler’s achievements with the ultimate “solution” and how it’s adherence were so sure, even unit their dying day, that were right.
My husband said exactly the same thing Tricia— puts one in the mind of creating that perfect society…
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