In a new video from the Jerome Lejeune Foundation, a son who has Down syndrome talks to his father in a special Father’s Day tribute. In the priceless video, he thanks his papa for always taking care of him ever since he was little boy. He also says, “You are good at a lot of things even if you sometimes get it wrong. When we play hide and seek, you are as bad at hiding as you are at finding me…even though my hiding places are really easy to find.”
According to the organizations website, the mission of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA is to provide care, advocacy, and research for people with genetic intellectual disabilities, like Down Syndrome. As LifeNews previously reported, in 2013 the Jerome Lejeune Foundation joined with other disabilities groups in opposing the practice of disability discrimination abortion.
In a court brief regarding Arizona’s 20-week ban, they wrote: “[T]he numbers of pregnancy terminations following a prenatal diagnosis of certain disabilities are alarmingly high. Though some abortions of children with disabilities involve diagnoses that are likely to be fatal, many involve non-fatal conditions such as Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, and spina bifida. It is now widely reported that the increase in prenatal screening has resulted in sharply declining numbers of living persons with disabilities such as Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, and spina bifida.”
Tragically, 90% of women who are given the prenatal diagnosis that their baby will have Down syndrome end the life of their unborn child through abortion. This unnerving statistic reminds us that babies with disabilities are killed at an alarming rate. Countless people see children with conditions like Down syndrome as less valuable than the rest of us, which is why the pro-life community needs to help protect the rights of the disabled.
Please watch the heartwarming video below and share it with your friends and family. On Twitter and Facebook, the Jerome Lejeune Foundation asks people to use the hashtag #MyDearDad.