Don’t Abort, Parents are Waiting to Adopt Down Syndrome Kids
by Matt Bowman | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 12/15/11 6:33 PM
A friend of mine wrote this inspiring article in last week’s Washington Post Magazine, about a family that has birthed or adopted several children with Down Syndrome.
Many sources report that there are long waiting lists in the U.S. for parents who want to adopt children with Down Syndrome. This is somewhat obviously due to the medical industry and wider culture’s push to abort “less-than-perfect” children, leading to a 90% abortion rate of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome.
Nina hopes that more people will face the fear of having a handicapped child — and come out on the other side, as she did. When she was pregnant with her other children, she says, she would think, “ ‘Oh, my God, what if I had a Down child?’” Now she says, “Why was I so afraid?”
The National Down Syndrome Adoption Network both supports parents in choosing adoption of their own children with special needs if they feel they are not in a position to parent them, and helps parents interested in adopting to link up with such families or with older children.
LifeNews.com Note: Matthew Bowman is legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund (www.telladf.org), a legal alliance employing a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family. This column originally appeared at TownHall and is reprinted with permission. This post originally appeared at CatholicVote.org.