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October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month and this year Pennsylvanians have a simple and direct opportunity to express support for children with Down syndrome.
Nineteen State Senators, led by Senator Scott Martin (R-Lancaster) have sponsored Senate Resolution 174 (SR174), which calls for the respect and protection of children with Down syndrome in the wake of the CBS News report on Iceland “eradicating” Down syndrome babies by aborting them.
In support of SR174, watch and share this interview: A Father’s Joy – A conversation about children blessed with Down syndrome
Let me describe a country. This country has a representative democratic republic form of government, meaning the general public elects politicians to represent their interests in government. They also established a separation of powers. The country’s Constitution was written to establish 3 branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial. Does that sound familiar? It should, but I’m not talking about our country. I’m talking about Iceland.
Iceland was recently featured by CBS News, because preborn babies with Down Syndrome are killed at an alarming rate: “The vast majority of women – close to 100 percent – who received a positive test for Down Syndrome terminated their pregnancy.”
Put simply, it’s eugenics: The belief that the human race can help direct its future by selectively breeding individuals who have “desired” traits.
So, who decided this? The citizens of Iceland. Political and societal forces worked over the years to arrive at this point. There is a quote first coined by socialists: “the inevitability of gradualness.”
But let’s not be self-righteous here in America. While North Dakota enacted a law banning such abortions, the estimated termination rate for Down Syndrome babies in the U.S. is roughly 67 percent.
Why should this bother us? We mourn for babies whose lives were snuffed out. With groups such as Planned Parenthood, NARAL and NOW, the pressure is on to replicate Iceland’s story. The founder of Planned parenthood, Margaret Sanger, advocated the eradication of those she deemed “feebleminded.” Among the steps included in her scheme were immigration restrictions, compulsory sterilization and segregation to a lifetime of farm work. However, beyond organizations that push this agenda, the most disturbing aspect is that the people of Iceland “spoke” and made this happen within their democratic form of government.
This story highlights a few things for us as Christians: First, it is our duty to vote for candidates who uphold our values. This is even more relevant for us with the 2018 election on the horizon. Family Policy Alliance has our Statesmen Academy which helps Christian legislators around the country stay informed and strategize with each other on how to best fight these issues.
Second, we need to be informed on the issues and make our voices heard. Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota monitors and alerts you when issues such as abortion are being discussed and debated at our state capitol and elsewhere. We work with state legislators, testify on legislation, and represent you so that all our voices are heard.
Finally, we need to work together. Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota, our allies in other states, and groups such as Concerned Women for America, FirstChoice clinics, and many others are in this fight. Our Family Leadership Team was formed in North Dakota for just this reason – to unite organizations and legislators around these important issues. Together, we are strong.
If the abortion issue matters to you, and you are concerned that our nation might end up like Iceland, then join us. To stay in this fight takes resources. You, our committed families and individuals around the state, are our sources of these resources: We rely solely on your generous giving.
Even if we prevent the abortion of one child with Down Syndrome or another so-called “undesirable” condition, we have a win, although we certainly want to eliminate this practice altogether. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Thank you for helping us “run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”