Here is my next topic in my discrimination writings.
I know that I often hear comments about how horribly behind times the countries of Eastern Europe are in their treatment of people with disabilities. They "can't believe" that people leave their children with Down Syndrome at the hospital. They "don't understand" how someone could do that to their child.
You should see their faces when I tell them that our country doesn't do any better! Of course, here in the US children with Down Syndrome are not put into mental institutions. What could I possibly mean????
In the US, out of every 10 babies who are suspected to have Down Syndrome - 9 are ABORTED!
Do you have any idea how sick that makes me????? It makes me want to scream, yell, and cry. Doctors often say "Well, your child is going to be born with Down Syndrome. Do you want me to set up the appointment for the abortion?". WHAT????? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?????
Here in the US, we call that "right to choose" or "its a woman's body". What it really is - MURDER! We are killing an entire group of people before they are even board. We hear people talk about "baby girls" not being valued in China or India. We are doing the same with babies with Down Syndrome. Our society has decided that if we kill them before they are born, then it is ok.
WELL IT IS NOT OK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Babies with Down Syndrome choose life too! They want to be born. They want to be spoiled! They want to love chocolate! They want to sport their "Designer Genes"!
If our society wasn't killing them, then it wouldn't be unusual to see someone with Down Syndrome at Walmart or any where else for that matter.
I think if we look at Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech and think about it from the view of a child with Down Syndrome, then we might get a whole new view. They have the right to walk hand in hand with children who are considered "typical" (whatever the crap that means!). They have a dream to be a part of a world that sees the wonderfulness of their extra chromosome! They dream to be part of a world where their uniqueness is celebrated! They have a dream to have the beauty of their special features acknowledged. They have a dream to live in a world that realizes that they too were made in the IMAGE of our CREATOR!
They have a dream to live in a world where a doctor instead says "CONGRATULATIONS! God has chosen you to be the mother of a "Chromosomally Enhanced" child" and hands them news articles about families who go to the other side of the world just to have such a blessings. They dream of doctors handing the new mother's the "real story" and info to the different Down Syndrome Associations. Papers included in their "Congratulations Pack" have blogs of families who love their children with Down Syndrome. Phone numbers could be included of mother's like me who would love to tell them that the most wonderful gift on earth is about to grace their world. They are to join the rank of mothers who KNOW that these are God's most precious gifts!