An Australian mother who was 15 weeks pregnant made the “excruciating” decision to abort her baby based on a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome, reports the Australia Daily Mail.
The mother said she did not want the child, who she named Dot, to suffer a lifetime of pain, and mentioned the “unfairness” of the diagnosis given the family’s adherence to a vegetarian diet, charitable donations and altruistic employment.
“We knew that she would need constant medical attention, and we felt we couldn’t stand by and watch her as she struggled physically and intellectually,” the mother wrote anonymously for the blog Mamamia.
“Perhaps we were being selfish in a way. I’ll live with that incredible guilt every single day of my life,’ the woman continued. “However, I refuse to accept that this was an easy way out. The pain that we endured is immeasurable, in the true sense of the word.”
Statistics from Denmark in 2015 revealed that upwards of 98 percent of babies prenatally diagnosed with Down Syndrome were aborted. Other studies estimated the number at between 90 percent and 92 percent in different countries, though exact estimates in the U.S. are difficult to determine because of the challenge of tracking such numbers, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute.
Yet there were an estimated 3,100 abortions between 2006 and 2010 following a prenatal Down Syndrome diagnosis, according to the research institute. This does not include other chromosomal or genetic conditions, but Down Syndrome alone.
While an abortion destroys an unborn child’s life, it also can have a negative effect on the mother – something the anonymous mother mentioned.
“A pregnancy because of a major fetal malformation is often a shattering experience, and time for adjustment may be prolonged,” researchers at After Abortion commented on the intensity of grief that mothers endure following abortion. They suggested the grief may be even more complicated if the abortion was secondary to a prenatal diagnosis of a genetic condition.
The abortion issue also is tied to eugenics. Most will condemn the Holocaust, and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s comments, “…the best time for the elimination of the incurably ill,” including both the physically and mentally ill that did not live up to the standards of the Aryan “master race.” Though most associate the Holocaust with Jewish extermination and this is true, sometimes forgotten are the nearly 200,000 people with disabilities who were exterminated between 1940 and 1945 during the Nazi reign of terror. Euthanasia existed long before the 22 Nazi concentration camps came into existence, and it has not gone away.
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The same people who condemn the atrocities of others are strangely silent on the largest global holocaust of all happening in the United States, with deaths from abortions exceeding the numbers of the Holocaust of the Second World War. Those who do not know history are bound to repeat it, making us accomplices to one of the largest killing sprees in the world. Who are we to decide who lives and who dies? Right, wrong, informed or not, many condemn “death panels” under Obamacare, but remain silent on this issue. A genetic condition may make life more challenging, but this isn’t to say these children, “the least of these,” cannot be blessings to their families and communities.
Children with disabilities and genetic disorders have grown up and been blessings to their parents despite their limitations. One example is a viral video of a 2-year-old Alabama boy reciting the alphabet, demonstrating what children with Down syndrome can do. Another example is a British mother who publicly stated how children with Down syndrome “benefit our lives,” and cited the joys of raising her son. LifeNews also featured nine individuals born with Down Syndrome who have gone on to happy, successful, thriving lives by going to college, running businesses, becoming celebrated artists and more.
A mother of a child diagnosed with Down Syndrome submitted an article to Human Life Review stating: “Chrissie is a blessing in a way a normal child is not. It is in describing her that the word ‘special’ rises from banality and comes grippingly alive. That she may now be a member of the last generation of her kind, a group silently and methodically targeted for extinction, alarms my heart.”