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Facing Down Eugenicists, Man with Down Syndrome Justifies His Own Life

Wesley J. Smith

Imagine feeling the need to justify your existence before a Congressional subcommittee. From the Daily Beacon story:

Frank Stephens, a man with Down syndrome and an advocate for those with the genetic disorder, told a congressional committee on Wednesday that his life is “worth living” as he criticized those who believe fetuses with Down syndrome should be aborted…

Iceland is close to eliminating Down syndrome births through abortion. Since the introduction of prenatal screening tests to the country in the early 2000s, close to 100 percent of women whose pregnancies test positive for Down syndrome have chosen to have an abortion.

“Whatever you learn today, please remember this: I am a man with Down syndrome and my life is worth living,” Stephens told lawmakers on the committee.

“I completely understand that the people pushing this particular ‘final solution’ are saying that people like me should not exist,” Stephens said. “That view is deeply prejudiced by an outdated idea of life with Down syndrome.”

A pogrom has been launched that seeks to wipe these gentle and loving people off the face of the earth through eugenic abortion, non-treatment of Down babies with serious medical conditions, and perhaps someday if people like Peter Singer get their way, infanticide.

Stephens asks: “Is there really no place for us in the world?” What an anti-human culture we are creating, what a paucity of love.

Cross-posted at The Corner.