Down Syndrome Discussion

Over at the LDS blog, Times and Seasons there was recently a post that stated, "It is wicked to kill an unborn baby because the baby has Down’s Syndrome". The more than 200 replies to that statement that follow provide an interesting discussion on the value of a life of a person with a disability.

In case you don't want to wade through all of the discussion, I have highlighted a few of the comments below:

From Allison

My brother changed our family for the better. Before he was born, our family consisted solely of high-IQ superachievers. My brother, who has an IQ of 30-60, showed us that worth is not based on accomplishments. Before my brother was born, I was uncomfortable around handicapped people because I was not familiar with their challenges and “abnormal” behavior. After my brother was born, I learned that handicapped people (just like most of us) are to be loved, not feared. And best of all, my brother brought pure, celestial love to our home. He’s the only person in our family whose place in heaven is guaranteed.

From Lisa

Sometimes I have looked at my daughter’s face and examined those marks that are common to people with trisomy 21 — the almond-shaped eyes, the flat bridge across the nose, and the “stars in her eyes” that we later discovered were called Brushfield Spots — and I wonder. I try to imagine a scenario where children born with those markings were considered prophets or geniuses. How would we respond to each of these births then? How would we celebrate? And what if, in times to come, we find that these births were essential to saving the rest of us — getting us to pay attention to the things that really matter?

And from Kathy S.:

I am sympathetic to the difficulty of facing this diagnosis. It is perfectly understandable why many people are reluctant to parent a child with medical problems or cognitive limitations. We’ve been socially trained desire healthy, “normal” children. Many of us secretly want above-average children. Plus we have children with the expectation that they will grow up someday. The potential ramifications–social, physical, emotional–for the family of a child with Down syndrome are not to be taken lightly. But the worth of a human life carries even more weight than these significant considerations.

Kathy S has written more about Down syndrome at her blog, also check out another project she is working on related to children with Down syndrome at gifts.

Lastly, I also just came across this story from the Deseret Book Web site titled, The Choice to Love

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