Trump Speaks Up for Right to Life of Children with Down Syndrome: “We Will Always Stand for Life”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 22, 2019   |   4:39PM   |   Washington, DC

President Donald Trump invited children with Down syndrome and their families to the White House on Thursday to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day.

He and Vice President Mike Pence joined several families for the day honoring people with special needs.

“Today we celebrate the lives and achievements of Americans with Down Syndrome,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “@VP and I will always stand with these wonderful families, and together we will always stand for LIFE! #WorldDownSyndromeDay”

In many ways, society has become much more accepting of people with Down syndrome and other special needs. Some people with Down syndrome go to college, run their own businesses, get married and live on their own. Others are advocates in the disability rights and pro-life movements. They are models and artists and public speakers.

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But in one respect, discrimination continues. A CBS News report shocked the nation with its exposure of the discriminatory abortion trend against babies with Down syndrome. According to the report, nearly 100 percent of unborn babies who test positive for Down syndrome are aborted in Iceland. The rate in France was 77 percent in 2015, 90 percent in the United Kingdom and 67 percent in the United States.

Some put the rate as high as 90 percent in the United States, but it is difficult to determine the exact number because the U.S. government does not keep detailed statistics about abortion.

The Trump administration has been raising awareness about the value of these children’s lives in recent years. In October, Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Trump also issued a powerful message about people with the disability.

“We will always support the dreams of those with Down syndrome, and respect and honor the sanctity of their lives, at every stage,” he said.

“Today, as a result of advances in research and treatment, people with Trisomy 21, or ‘Down syndrome,’ are leading healthier and longer lives. Through innovative speech, occupational, and physical therapies, we are finding new ways to build upon the physical and intellectual abilities of children and babies with Down syndrome,” the president continued.

Trump promised to work against these discriminatory practices and fight for the rights of people with disabilities.

“Life is precious, and it is our moral duty to protect and defend it,” he said. “During this month, we vow to continue creating opportunities for and supporting the extraordinary men, women, and children with Down syndrome. Every day, they inspire us to live with great love, joy, and appreciation for our world and those who make it a truly unique and special place to live.”