Take a Bow, America: Man with Down Syndrome Forced to Justify His Existence

So this is where we are now. I guess it shouldn’t be surprising that any culture that codifies a legal permission for some human beings to decide to have smaller human beings brutally dismembered, as long as the barbaric act takes place inside a woman’s womb, would find itself where we in the United States now find ourselves. But there’s still something shocking about seeing a grown man having to justify his right to exist before a Congressional hearing.

Yet that’s exactly what happened just days ago. Take a bow, America:

Frank Stephens, a man with Down syndrome and an advocate for those with the genetic disorder, told a congressional committee on Wednesday that his life is “worth living” as he criticized those who believe fetuses with Down syndrome should be aborted.


“Whatever you learn today, please remember this: I am a man with Down syndrome and my life is worth living,” Stephens told lawmakers on the committee. “I completely understand that the people pushing this particular ‘final solution’ are saying that people like me should not exist,” Stephens said. “That view is deeply prejudiced by an outdated idea of life with Down syndrome.”

Frank’s concerns are well grounded. The extraordinary advances in prenatal testing and research has led to many wonderful, life-saving, life-improving techniques and treatments for life in the womb. But as with any scientific advancements, those innovations can be used for nefarious purposes as well.

In Iceland, for example, the country now boasts a near 100% murder rate on unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb. You might recall that CBS News celebrated this devastating reality with this jarring headline: “Iceland is on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion.” The story that followed that headline frighteningly bordered on congratulatory:

With the rise of prenatal screening tests across Europe and the United States, the number of babies born with Down syndrome has significantly decreased, but few countries have come as close to eradicating Down syndrome births as Iceland.

Missing from the report was the critical observation that precisely nothing has been done in Iceland about Down syndrome. All that was occurring was that Iceland was killing everyone who had the condition. They weren’t curing anything; they were killing. This is like solving the problem of poverty in the third world with nukes.

But the truth is that if you can bring yourself to reject the scientific reality that what is conceived in the womb is a living human being, as a humiliatingly substantial number of Americans at least pretend to do for the sake of politics, these “imperfect” humans with Down syndrome are going to be first on the abortion hit list.

Consider that one of the last measures signed into law in Indiana by then-Governor Mike Pence was a civil rights statute that protected unborn children from being selected for abortion due to race, sex, or potential disability. Understanding the impact such a law would have on their financial bottom line, Planned Parenthood was quick to file a lawsuit in the court of a known anti-life federal judge. Unsurprisingly, he has halted the law with a judicial injunction, declaring open season on children just like Frank Stephens once was.

To his great credit, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill – a black man who knows the horrendously vile success Planned Parenthood has had targeted his race – wasted no time in appealing the scientifically vapid and morally repugnant ruling. The case could be destined for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Until then, Frank Stephens will continue explaining to anyone who will listen why people like him deserve to live. How morally abhorrent are we to make him?

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