Activists Say Pro-Lifers Use Kids With Down Syndrome as “Propaganda,” But They’re OK Killing Them in Abortions

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 22, 2018   |   10:59AM   |   Dublin, Ireland

Abortion destroys unborn babies of all races, sexes and abilities, but some are targeted much more frequently than others.

In the western world, unborn babies with Down syndrome and other disabilities are discriminated against at astronomical rates, with the abortion rate nearing 100 percent for these unborn babies in Iceland.

Pro-life advocates in Ireland have been drawing attention to this eugenic crisis as the country approaches a vote on whether to repeal its pro-life Eighth Amendment.

But one abortion activist and dad isn’t happy.

Dr. Chris Kaposy is a bioethicist, author and father of a son with Down syndrome.

In an interview with the Guardian, Kaposy blasted Irish pro-lifers for “propagandistic use” of children with Down syndrome in their campaign.

“As the father of a child with Down’s syndrome, I am opposed to the propagandistic use of people like my son in attempts to limit reproductive rights, as has happened in the Irish debate, as well as in the legislative actions taken in various American states to outlaw the abortion of foetuses with Down’s syndrome,” he said.

His implication, as ridiculous as it sounds, is that pro-life advocates don’t really care about protecting people with disabilities; they are just using them as props to stop abortions.

On Friday, Ireland is scheduled to vote on whether to repeal its Eighth Amendment, which protects unborn babies’ right to life. Abortion activists, backed by some of the world’s richest men, are pushing the pro-life country to legalize abortion on demand.

Pro-lifers estimate that the Eighth Amendment has saved approximately 100,000 unborn babies’ lives from abortion.

If the amendment is repealed, government leaders plan to push a proposal to legalize abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and up to six months in a wide range of circumstances, which many fear could include Down syndrome and other disabilities.

Kaposy, however, does not believe it.

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According to the interview:

Irish anti-abortion campaign groups have claimed that a Down’s syndrome diagnosis could be used to access a termination under liberalised abortion laws. Kaposy, however, said the proposed reforms would not allow a Down’s syndrome diagnosis to be a reason for an abortion.

“It is difficult to predict,” he said. “In one study from the US, the [average] gestational age at abortion [in cases of Down’s syndrome] was 13 weeks, though there is a trend toward earlier abortion with improved screening tests. Further, Down’s syndrome is not a condition that typically threatens the life of the pregnant woman, nor does it cause serious health risks in pregnancy, not is it a condition that is typically fatal in utero or soon after birth.”

Kaposy, who lectures in bioethics at Memorial University in Canada, said he believed more children with Down’s syndrome should be brought into families like his own.

“People with Down’s syndrome tend to lead flourishing lives. Their families typically thrive. Perhaps more parents would choose children with this condition if they knew these facts. Prospective parents should be empowered to make choices in favour of parenting children with disabilities like Down’s syndrome, rather than being prohibited from choosing against disabilities.”

But abortion does not simply erase a child with disabilities from existence or stop them from suffering. An abortion brutally kills a unique, living unborn baby at their most defenseless point of life. And when it comes to unborn babies diagnosed with disabilities, abortion has become another means of discrimination, deadly discrimination.

Willfully ignoring the brutal reality of abortion seems to be the only way abortion activists can support it.