The abortion rate for Down syndrome children remains extremely high, and this month is a time to defend life and celebrate those among us.
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a time to celebrate people with the condition --- and to remember the many who failed to escape their mother's womb.
Lauren Enriquez of the Human Coalition says reliable numbers suggest approximately 70 percent of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted.
"And that has reduced the population of individuals with Down syndrome in the U.S. by about 30 percent," she advises.
The figure is much higher in other countries where women have decided the child doesn't deserve to live even though many people with Down syndrome are able to get an education, enter the workforce, and earn a living.
Human Coalition, meanwhile, is pleased with a proclamation from President Donald Trump.
"Not just the fact the [Trump] acknowledges individuals with Down syndrome," says Enriquez, "but the fact that he points out in this statement the inherent dignity of human life."
The proclamation states that all people are created with human dignity and the right to life, and that the administration will work to end discrimination against what they have had to endure.