A disorder shouldn't be a death sentence

Monday, October 28, 2019
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Frank Stephens (Down Syndrome) testimonyA spokesman for people with Down syndrome says those with the genetic disorder can live a full and meaningful life if they're allowed to live.

About 80 percent of babies with Down syndrome are aborted in America because people do not want the presumed hardship, or because doctors advise them to abort.

But Frank Stephens of Fairfax, Virginia has Down syndrome and says, "Bringing an outdated, inaccurate picture of life with people like me and tell[ng] people that all you're going to have is a child that's going to be a burden to your family … that somehow they'll bring misfortune" is the wrong message.

He recognizes that there will be challenges, but the child can bring a lot of positives into the family.

"They have no idea what we bring to the table," Stephens submits. "They think that we will live a life of unhappiness and suffering, but that's not really true. I mean, look at some of the things that I've accomplished."

Stephens, a Special Olympian, has starred in a film and has been invited to the White House twice. He has spoken all over the world, including in London, Paris, Geneva, and Australia.

In 2017, he told Congress, "I am a man with Down syndrome, and my life is worth living. I don't feel like I should have to justify my existence." He says that people with Down syndrome want the chance to live, love, and experience joy like everyone else.

October is Respect Life Month and Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

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