To Parents of a Child with Down Syndrome: Don’t Be Afraid

child with down syndromeA young couple was hugely excited about having their first baby. But when their child was diagnosed in the womb with Down syndrome it turned their world upside down. They were terrified, horrified, and greatly saddened. They asked, “How can we handle a child like this?”

In an April Life Issues radio broadcast, Brad Mattes explained, “Nearly every expectant mother and father in the same shoes will experience some or all of these emotions—that is until they learn the truth about their baby’s future.” He encouraged parents and others to view an amazing video featuring children with Down syndrome speaking directly to their mother’s heart and declaring, “Don’t be afraid…”

Midwest States Lead Efforts to End Abortions based on Down Syndrome

An estimated 67% of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in the US are aborted.

Pro-life political leaders in the Midwest are taking a stand for life and initiating state legislation banning abortions based a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

North Dakota became the first state in 2013 to ban abortions based on a diagnosis of genetic condition like Down syndrome or for gender election. In March 2016 Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the Dignity for the Unborn bill making it illegal to abort a child because of “race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down syndrome or any other disability.”

Oklahoma, Ohio, and Missouri are currently reviewing similar legislation.

Tests for a Child with Down Syndrome can be False-Positive Half the Time

Hundreds of thousands of women undergo prenatal screenings each year.

By the testing industry’s own studies, the tests for chromosomal conditions like Down syndrome can be false-positive half the time.

Nevertheless, manufacturers promote their tests as “99% accurate, simple and trusted,” and “near-perfect,” with “simple, clear results.” These statements aren’t verified, and the tests aren’t approved by the FDA. They are, however, expensive, ranging in cost from $795 to $1,495.

State legislators are responsible for passing—or blocking—legislation protecting the life and rights of people with disabilities, so it’s critical that you know what is at stake in the 2016 Elections.

It’s important to vote, and even more important to make an informed decision.

Watch what children with Down syndrome are saying to prospective mothers…

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