Diversity and Inclusion Must Include Down Syndrome Children

The Number of Down Syndrome Babies Aborted is Staggering

Proponents of abortion typically are those that are also championing the fashionable labels of diversity and inclusion. The definitions of these two terms provided by the federal government and published on the H.U.D. website state, “In broad terms, diversity is any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another. It means respect for and appreciation of differences.” And, “Inclusion is a state of being valued, respected and supported. It’s about focusing on the needs of every individual and ensuring the right conditions are in place for each person to achieve his or her full potential.”

Accordingly, we are to respect and appreciate differences and provide a place for each person to achieve their full potential.  Good to know. But what about the unborn who are aborted due to physical or mental differences?  Specifically, what about babies with Down Syndrome? Are these children respected for their differences, valued, respected and allowed to reach their true potential?  Not often, too many are never afforded the possibility.

Apparently, diversity and inclusion do not apply to the unborn. Recent statistics provided by CBS News indicate that nearly 100% of women in Iceland abort babies if they receive a positive test for Down Syndrome.  Similarly. women in Denmark abort Down’s babies at the rate of 98%; In France the percentage is at 77%; and, in the Unites States we abort 67% of all Down Syndrome babies. We are seemingly lectured ad nauseum about diversity and inclusion, but it appears that these virtues are highly conditional. Through prenatal genetic testing, there is a worldwide acceptance of eradicating people with Down Syndrome, never having a chance to grace the world with their presence. Woke and hypocritical environmentalists are more outraged about endangered pandas, tigers and elephants than human beings with Down Syndrome.

Any family who has been blessed with a Down Syndrome child can tell you that with early intervention and improved medical attention in early childhood, these precious individuals live very fulfilled lives. Many of them are mainstreamed into regular education classes, hold jobs successfully, and can live well into late adulthood.

Instead of highlighting the positives aspects of parenting a child with special needs, the medical profession and society often paints a dark and disturbing picture presenting a deficit narrative – telling the would be parents all the things that this child will not be able to achieve. They peddle in fear, not hope. They push for the norm, not the exceptional. They advocate for death, not life.

Some states are fighting back against this evil. Governors in Arizona, South Dakota and North Carolina have recently signed legislation that bans abortion solely on the identification of Down Syndrome in utero. This is a positive step and one that should be replicated all over the country. We need to continue awakening the consciousness and goodness of the American people who for too long have sat on the sidelines while radical fringe groups have taken over our country and our very lives.

A society is measured on how it treats the most vulnerable in its midst. All children are created in the image and likeness of God and should be given the opportunity to live and reach their full potential. This is the diversity and inclusion we should all embrace and work to rewrite the federal government’s definition. To accept and respect people with limited physical and mental capacities enriches us all. Often, we recognize in them the innocence and purity that we have long since lost. In caring for the least of our brothers and sisters, we are earning our own salvation.   

And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40.

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