Sunday, October 5, 2014

31 for 21...This is heart breaking

I was reading on Wikipedia about Down Syndrome, I was curious as what all information was given. Most of the information was very textbook, kind of what I thought it would be. I also thought, I wish 16 years ago I would have had all that information at my fingertips. As I read on I came to an area titled Abortion Rates...this made my heart sink! Oh I know that many people choose to abort babies with Ds, yet, I still find it very hard to swallow! 

Wikipedia...Abortion rates

About 92% of pregnancies in Europe with a diagnosis of Down syndrome are terminated. In the United States, termination rates are around 67%, but this varies significantly depending upon the population evaluated. When nonpregnant people are asked if they would have a termination if their fetus tested positive, 23–33% said yes, when high-risk pregnant women were asked, 46–86% said yes, and when women who screened positive are asked, 89–97% say yes
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There are a lot of amazing people we are missing in this world!

I'm so thankful that when Arthur and I were ask the question....
"Do you want to abort this baby"....We "BOTH" at the same time said...
"Abortion that's not an option to us!"
We were also blessed to have a doctor who said, "I'm so glad you to hear your answer, you would really be missing out on a blessing if you aborted."

Our family wouldn't be complete without Jonathan, nor would we be the family we are today if he hadn't been born with Ds. I have NO regrets of choosing to have a child with Ds!

6 comments:

a Pettis said...

Thanks for saying yes to life. Today was life-chain (if your not familiar you should look it up) and before we went to the event our family talked about abortion and why we are pro-life. A statistic we found during our chat was that every 2 seconds 1 baby in the world dies from abortion. I wonder how many of those were DS kiddos? Blessing to all your family.

Cindy said...

We didn't know Beth had Ds until she was born and at that time we were given the options of putting her up for adoption, putting her in an institution or taking her home. We're SO thankful we brought her home! Such a blessing to our family!

Stellar said...

Thank you for choosing life for your son. I used to work for adults with disabilities, and those with Down Syndrome were among my favorite people to work with. They could read, write, have jobs, form meaningful relationships, live on their own, take their own medications, and all of them either had a girlfriend/boyfriend or were married! These are human beings just like you and me and they deserve a chance at life.

Amy Joy said...

What heartbreaking statistics. The result of a world which thinks we are no more than biological coincidences rather than God made and designed. It makes me wonder how many of those people consider themselves Christians

Beth said...

We opted out of all the prenatal testing because we knew for us it didn't matter- we would welcome and love the child given to us!

Juanita Unrau said...

Beautiful posts about your special blessing. Looking forward to more, and maybe even posts about each relationship with each sibling; you covered one of them. I've known many people who had a special needs sibling and it gave them different advantages in certain careers.
Also, I have a friend with a DS child that's now a year old. They found that out at birth. May I share this blog with her, that she can be encouraged too?(if she hasn't found it on her own already, lol)