A disorder shouldn't be a death sentence

Monday, October 28, 2019
 | 
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But Frank Stephens of Fairfax, Virginia has Down syndrome and says, "Bringing an outdated, inaccurate picture of life with people like me and tell[ng] people that all you're going to have is a child that's going to be a burden to your family … that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.

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

FEATURED PODCAST

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Just once, I'd like to see the secular media …

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Curfews ordered in more than dozen US cities
Protests heat up across US, governors call in National Guard
FBI says its top lawyer is leaving the bureau
‘Back in the game’: SpaceX ship blasts off with 2 astronauts
National Guard summoned to aid cities amid police clashes
Pentagon puts military police on alert to go to Minneapolis
What’s behind latest India-China border tension

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Trump says will not allow mob violence to rule
Knife-wielding woman shot and killed by police, days after her brother was arrested for ISIS terror plot
Opinion — Andrew McCarthy: Laws against rioting and terrorism must be enforced against Antifa and other violent radicals
Supreme Court rejects challenge to limits on church services; Roberts sides with liberals
In unusual move, US embassies in Africa speak up on Floyd

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Pro-lifers hoping to stop 'Infanticide Act'

I Vote Pro-Life (woman holding sign)The head of a public policy organization dedicated to strengthening families tells why pro-lifers in Massachusetts are gathering today in the Great Hall of the State House.