Down Syndrome

Look Who's Joined The Pro-Life Movement

Thanks to the Internet and the tools of the Digital Age, the Secular Left no longer controls messaging. The era of the 6:30 national network broadcast news and the New York Times and Washington Post framing the national discussion are over — in fact, has been for a while. That means the Secular Left's dishonesty, inconsistency and hypocrisy get exposed daily, and done so in ways more illustrative and vivid as to make the point 1,000 times more powerful than a 1,000 words ever could. It's provided the hall in which the pro-life message could resonate and educate, especially with America's youth, who are increasingly pro-life. Please see this as one shining example that demonstrates the Secular Left's love of trees more than unborn babies. Here, thanks to our friends at LiveAction.org, is another clever and insightful play of how the Secular Left values "the environment" at the expense of innocent human life:

Photo: Look who else is pro-life!

Save who? This image must confuse the heck out of the pro-abortion side. 

If there's any doubt about the nature of nature, read how a dog befriended a toddler with Down Syndrome (LiveAction Blog). Maybe the Secular Left is on to something. Maybe the animals are smarter than the humans.

Where Are All The Girls? The Consequences Of Choice

Science shows that without intervention 105 boys (plus or minus one) are born for every 100 girls. In an era of relative truth, this is nonetheless a rare and undisputed biological fact. Scientists concur: Any greater deviation is a result of unnatural causes. Consider this: The ratio in India is 112 boys to 100 girls, 120 in Armenia, and 121 in China. According to Jonathan Last in his Wall Street Journal review of Mara Hvinstendahl's book Unnatural Selection, "there have been so many sex-selective abortions in the past three decades that 163 million girls, who by biological averages should have been born, are missing from the world."

Scientific developments in the 1970s brought amniocentesis, or the in utero “sex test,” which has been replaced in recent years by the ultrasound. Costing an average of $12 in India or China, sex tests have become popular in preventing the birth of unwanted girls. The Wall Street Journal reports that an India clinic advertises, "Better 500 rupees now than 5,000 later" in reference to the cost of a sex test versus a dowry. In The Economist's in-depth March 4 article "Gendercide: The Worldwide War on Baby Girls," it reported that "In one hospital in Punjab, in northern India, the only girls born after a round of ultrasound scans had been mistakenly identified as boys, or else had a male twin."

Jonathan Last gives this compelling example:

Take South Korea. In 1989, the sex ratio for first births there was 104 boys for every 100 girls — perfectly normal. But couples who had a girl became increasingly desperate to acquire a boy. For second births, the male number climbed to 113; for third, to 185. Among fourth-born children, it was a mind-boggling 209.

Similar patterns can be found among Chinese, Indian and Korean parents in America.

Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider, has not distanced itself from using abortion as a form of birth control, but rather, embraced it (read more at the Live Action Blog). Discussing developing nations, Malcom Potts, a past medical director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, stated that abortion was preferable to birth control: "Early abortion is safe, effective, cheap and potentially the easiest method to administer." A slight variation on gender-selective abortion, race-selective birth control is what motivated Margaret Sanger in part to found Planned Parenthood (BlackGenocide.org). True to its eugenic roots, even in recent years, Planned Parenthood has accepted donations earmarked for the abortion of black babies. Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood fought legislation that ultimately passed in Arizona which criminalized performing or coercing a woman into receiving an abortion on the basis of race or gender selection.

These results are the consequences of choice. As Jonathan Last concludes his article:

For if "choice" is the moral imperative guiding abortion, then there is no way to take a stand against "gendercide." Aborting a baby because she is a girl is no different from aborting a baby because she has Down Syndrome or because the mother's "mental health" requires it. Choice is choice . . . this is where choice leads.  This is where choice has already led . . . there are only two alternatives: Restrict abortion or accept the slaughter of millions of baby girls and the calamities that are likely to come with it.

If statistics and history hold, this is where our society is headed if it continues its full embrace of "choice." Advocates for abortion on demand must take a close look at the facts before it's too late . . . another 163 million girls too late.

Interview With Senator Sam Brownback, Part 2

Welcome to part two of our exclusive interview with United States Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), one of America's pro-life, pro-family, pro-traditional values leaders. In the first part, we got the senator's thoughts on how to win "red" states, the financial crisis, the Supreme Court and on Republican presidential candidate John McCain. In part two, we ask him about embryonic stem cell research, church leaders speaking out on public policy and politics, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (see new video), his friendship with Senator McCain and the pending new HHS medical provider conscience regulations. We hope you will enjoy part two and the entire interview. We are pleased to have brought it to you. Let us know what you think with your comments. 

familyfoundation.org: Senator McCain has supported embryonic stem cell research in the past. Catholic teaching opposes the destruction of embryos, which happens when the stem cells are extracted from them. Has his position on this made you uncomfortable at all in your support of him? Have new developments which make adult stem cells act as embryonic stem cells had an impact on his thinking? Also, since embryonic stem cell research has not yielded one medical breakthrough, while there have been dozens from adult stem cell research — how has all this affected Senator McCain's thinking on the subject, if at all?

Senator Brownback: I think with the new developments in stem cell research, we are reaching the days when embryonic stem cell research is rendered moot, and John McCain has repeatedly pointed out the successes in non-embryonic stem cell research.    

familyfoundation.org: Are the Catholic bishops correct in their outspokenness and in taking so bold a stand or should Church leaders of all faiths stay quiet on issues of governance? To what degree should Catholic and Christian voters look to their bishops and pastors for guidance in voting?

Senator Brownback: Church leaders should lead the Church. I leave it to their discretion how they choose to do that. 

familyfoundation.org: What did you think of the two presidential candidates' performances at Pastor Rick Warren's "Saddleback Forum"? What impressed and/or concerned you about some of their answers to Rev. Warren's questions?

Senator Brownback: I think John McCain proved, again, that he is the right candidate for values voters. Anyone watching the forum could see that John McCain will lead the country in the right direction. 

familyfoundation.org: How far did the selection of Governor Sarah Palin go toward bringing pro-life, pro-family voters back toward Senator McCain?

Senator Brownback:Governor Palin really energized the pro-life and pro-family base of the party. She has brought out huge crowds and has really amped up the excitement level. Governor Palin is a real-life example of values voters' ideals. She has a beautiful child with Down Syndrome, which is something to be celebrated. Eighty to 90 percent of women who find out their unborn baby may have Down Syndrome choose to end the pregnancy. Governor Palin has reminded us all that being pro-life and pro-family is something to be celebrated.     

familyfoundation.org: What did you know about her previously and what have you learned about her since that adds to your belief she'll make a great vice president?

Senator Brownback:Governor Palin is known as the most popular governor in America. And she brings critically important and historically relevant executive experience to the ticket. With 75 percent of this year's presidential and vice presidential candidates being male senators, it is remarkably valuable to have on the ticket a woman who has executive experience.    

familyfoundation.org: The Department of Health and Human Services is considering new rules on "Provider Conscience" regulations so medical professionals and hospitals who don't believe in abortion and other things contrary to their faith do not have to provide those services. What is the status of those proposals, do you think they will get approved and how will they be an improvement over the current rules? Does Senator McCain support these new proposed rules?

Senator Brownback: For more than thirty years, the letter and the spirit of federal law has required that medical providers not be discriminated against for refusing to perform abortions if they have moral or religious objections to abortion. The HHS regulations under consideration are intended to support this law against such discrimination. Like John McCain, I have defended conscience protection laws in the past. Medical workers should be free to choose to stay true to the Hippocratic Oath to "do no harm." 

familyfoundation.org: Senator Brownback, thank you very much for taking your valuable time to provide Virginians with your thoughts on these paramount issues concerning life and traditional values, when so many critical issues face Congress. We look forward to hearing from you again in the future.

Senator Brownback: Thank you, I enjoyed visiting with you. And for more information on John McCain, please go online to catholics.johnmccain.com or johnmccain.com/phonebank

Would You Kill This Child?

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin gave birth to her fifth child, Trig Paxson Van Palin, on April 18. According to the 2-1 ruling earlier this week on Virginia's partial-birth abortion law by a three judge panel of the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Governor Palin had every right to take the life of Trig in the final days of her pregnancy. You see, Trig has Down Syndrome. Considering that many of the late-term abortions that two members of the Fourth Circuit ruled to protect are performed when the child is diagnosed with health complications, Trig is lucky to be alive.

According to Governor Palin, "Trig is beautiful and already adored by us. We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives."

Prenatal testing alerted the Palin's to Trig's condition during the second trimester. At that point, the "procedure" done to "terminate the pregnancy" is called a "Standard Dilation and Evacuation (D&E). According to testimony given the Fourth Circuit's three judge panel, a "Standard D&E" abortion:

Is by far the most common method of pre-viability second trimester abortion, used approximately ninety-five percent of the time. In this procedure the doctor dilates the woman's cervix and uses suction and forceps to remove the fetus. The doctor also uses instruments to hold the vagina open and to gain access to the cervix and uterus. As the doctor uses forceps to pull the fetus out of the cervix during a D&E, friction usually causes parts of the fetus to break off or disarticulate. As a result of disarticulation the fetus is removed in pieces. Throughout the process, the fetus may show signs of life, such as a heartbeat, although disarticulation ultimately causes fetal demise.

However, if Trig's mom and dad had a difficult time deciding what to do, and waited until the final days of pregnancy (right up until the day of birth), and then decided to "terminate," the "procedure" used would have been an "intact D&E":

A doctor intending to perform an intact D&E uses certain methods, such as serially dilating the cervix or rotating the fetus as it is pulled out of the uterus, to increase the likelihood of intact delivery. In an intact D&E, as generally described, the fetal skull is typically too large to pass through the cervix, and the doctor compresses or collapses the skull to complete the abortion.

This is the procedure that just two judges yesterday decided is "Constitutional." 

We do not share these descriptions with you in an attempt to inflame passions. We do so to share them with you simply because many of you may not be aware of what is done to an unborn child in a second or third trimester abortion — many of which take place well after the moment of "viability." We also share them so that you understand that despite this graphic testimony, two judges still voted to allow the second procedure to go on!

We issued a statement the day of the Fourth Circuit's decision that said:

The fact that pro-abortion forces continue to defend the heinous act of partial-birth infanticide with such vigor reveals their extremism. It must be noted that the procedures being discussed, a "dilation and evacuation" abortion and an "intact D&E" both require the dismemberment of an unborn child past the known date of viability.

The vicious hate e-mails we have received as a result of interviews we've done with newspapers and television stations reveal an extremism that shocks even us, who are no strangers to vile and threatening letters from extremists. Pro-abortion forces, such as Planned Parenthood, are vicious in their advocacy for this brutal procedure. But this is yet another opportunity for us to educate our friends, co-workers and neighbors on the reality of abortion. By continuing to defend this procedure, pro-abortion forces give us more opportunity to expose them for who they are.

As you talk to people around you, I urge you to share the story of Trig, a Down Syndrome baby who is a blessing to his family in ways that many cannot comprehend. It is this type of child that is daily being destroyed by "partial-birth abortion." 

For more details on Virginia's ban on partial-birth abortion, which became law in 2003 when the General Assembly over rode then-Governor Mark Warner's amendments, read the following news stories in the:

Richmond Times Dispatch: 4th Circuit panel again strikes down Virginia's partial birth abortion ban

The Washington Post: Va. Abortion Law Overturned Again 

CNN/Associated Press: Court strikes down late-term abortion ban

The New York Times: Virginia Law on Abortion Is Struck Down