March 21, 2019
No child is perfect. And after three years of loving a special needs daughter, no one could be happier about that than Courtney Baker. There was a time when she, like so many women around the world, wondered if she should even go through with her pregnancy. Looking back, her heart wrenches at the thought. Little Emersyn Faith, diagnosed with Down syndrome, has been one of the most unexpected joys of her life.
There are thousands of moms like Courtney, who couldn't imagine life without the blessing of these smiling happy kids. In places like Iceland, most families will never know that joy. Instead, the country is intentionally targeting these innocent little lives for abortion. Close to 100 percent of the country's women are choosing to end their pregnancy, thanks in large part to the pressure they feel from doctors. CBS covered the story in 2017 as if it were a national triumph, insisting that Iceland was leading the world in "eradicating Down syndrome birth."
But Iceland isn't eradicating a disease -- it's eradicating a people. And a growing number of Americans realize it. In states like Kentucky, leaders are doing everything they can to stop this new form of genocide from making its way to America. After Iceland's radical approach started making headlines a couple of years ago, there's been a surge in bills that would outlaw abortion "solely" because the baby has Down syndrome. The Washington Post has called the idea "controversial" -- a view it shares with the abortion lobbyists at Planned Parenthood. As far as they're concerned, targeting a baby because of its race, gender, or even disability is just another "personal decision."
Governor Matt Bevin (R-Ky.) doesn't agree. Earlier this week, he signed a measure into law that would make it illegal to destroy a baby because of a diagnosis like Down Syndrome. He talked about why the proposal was necessary on Tuesday's "Washington Watch." The ACLU filed suit against the law taking the astonishing position that women should be able to weed out the "imperfect" children like Emersyn. Together with the state's only abortion facility, they're suing to stop the law from taking effect. As LifeNews points out, Bevin's legal team couldn't believe it.
"EMW and its abortionists have responded with a novel claim: Women have a constitutional right to undergo race-based abortions, gender-based abortions, and disability-based abortions," they said. "In (the) plaintiffs' view, somewhere in the Fourteenth Amendment's penumbra lies a secret protection of eugenics."
On Twitter, the governor talked about how ironic is it that the ACLU is even involved. "People that are supposedly defending the civic rights of people in this country nonetheless think it's appropriate that you can kill a child based on its race or kill a child based on its gender. The people in Kentucky ... fortunately don't agree with that."
Some people have been led to believe that children or parents like Courtney will have a poor quality of life. But most polling finds quite the opposite. Adolescent children with Down syndrome are actually very happy -- off-the-charts happy compared to the average teenager. And of all those parents who followed through and had their children, 79 percent have said their outlook on life was more positive because of their child with Down Syndrome. They understand what more people should: there are no special needs -- only special gifts.
For FRC's take, check out Patrina Mosley's "Let's Celebrate the Love Chromosome on World Down Syndrome Day" in the Daily Caller.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.