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  • If I Knew My Daughter Had Down Syndrome, I Would Have Aborted Her – All Women Should Have That Right

    09/01/2015 9:45:37 PM PDT · by Morgana · 46 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | September 1, 2015 | Hallie Levine
    Ohio is poised to become the second state in this country to ban abortion because of a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome this fall. As a pro-choice woman who has a 7-year-old daughter with Down syndrome, I find this absolutely appalling. This is an issue that hits close to home for me: If I had had a prenatal diagnosis, I would have obtained an abortion. Today, I am beyond grateful that I didn’t. But I cannot ever in any circumstances imagine insisting others not have that right. STORY: Mom’s Emotional Facebook Post About Baby With Down Syndrome Goes Viral Studies...
  • Ohio Bill Would Ban Abortion if Down Syndrome Is Reason

    08/23/2015 9:15:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/23/2015 | By TAMAR LEWIN
    CLEVELAND — Opening a new front in the abortion wars, abortion opponents are pushing Ohio to make it illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion if a woman is terminating her pregnancy to avoid having a baby with Down syndrome. The legislature is expected to approve the measure this fall because lawmakers endorsed by the National Right to Life Committee, which supports the bill, make up more than two-thirds of both houses. Gov. John R. Kasich, a Republican who is running for president, opposes abortion but has not yet taken a position on this bill. Since his election in...
  • Why You Don’t Hear about Discrimination against Persons with Down Syndrome

    08/19/2015 10:38:43 AM PDT · by Morgana · 51 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | Matthew Hennessey August 18, 2015
    It sure is funny what makes news and what gets ignored. Have you heard about the Christian bakers who refused to make wedding cakes for gay couples? Of course you have. But I’ll bet you didn’t hear about the dance studio that refused service to a little girl with Down syndrome. Last week, Tricia and Jason Winnicki tried to enroll their eight-year-old daughter, Anna, in classes at a dance studio in Lancaster, N.Y., a suburb of Buffalo. The Winnickis told a local television station that the owner of the studio refused them. “I really don’t think we would be comfortable...
  • 18-year-old accused of sexually assaulting man with Down Syndrome

    07/16/2015 9:40:25 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    click2houston.com ^ | July 14, 2015 | Mark Boyle,
    HOUSTON - An 18-year-old is facing a charge after allegedly sexually assaulting a man with Down Syndrome. Family members of the victim said Jose Gonzalez, 18, was staying at their Cypress home and took advantage of a disabled 29-year-old man who lived there. Gonzalez is accused of sexually assaulting the victim several times. "My first reaction is to try and do some harm but we leave it up to the law," said the victim’s brother.
  • While Most Babies are Aborted, World’s Oldest Woman With Down Syndrome is 74-Years-Old

    07/12/2015 7:59:37 PM PDT · by kathsua · 11 replies
    Life News ^ | Jul 6, 2015 | Sarah Zagorski
    1.6k 117 3 In Oklahoma, 74-year-old Dollie Grissom has Down syndrome and is currently the oldest woman alive known to have the condition. Grissom is one of nine children and her family visits her several times a week at Chickasha Nursing Center. Her sister, Marilyn Crossen said, “This is home so we just come to her. I wouldn’t take her out of here for anything.” According to the Mayo Clinic, the life expectancy of someone with Down’s has increased exponentially since the 1900’s. In 1910, a person born with the condition was expected to live to age ten but now...
  • World's Oldest Woman With Down Syndrome Living In Chickasha (Oklahoma)

    07/07/2015 7:30:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    news9.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Christy Lewis
    CHICKASHA, Oklahoma - Dollie Grissom is 74 years old and she has Down syndrome. She’s one of nine kids and her siblings spoil her during visits several times a week. “This is home so we just come to her,” her sister, Marilyn Crossen said. Home has been the Chickasha Nursing Center since 1969. “I wouldn’t take her out of here for anything,” Crossen added. And Dollie has done nearly the same thing each day for the last 47 years. “She wakes up when she gets ready to wake up. We bring her breakfast, usually pancakes. She will sit around and...
  • Company Uses Child With Down Syndrome to Promote Test That Could Lead to Aborting Them

    06/15/2015 6:39:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    life news ^ | Jun 15, 2015 | Sarah Zagorski
    In Spain, a biotechnology company called Genoma placed a building sized banner advertisement for a new prenatal test called “Tranquility”, which screens for Down syndrome. Unfortunately, in the predominantly Catholic country, 95% of babies who are diagnosed with the condition prenatally are aborted. The ad features a little girl with Down’s and the National Review reports that the picture was used without her parent’s permission. Although it’s no secret that children with Trisomy 21 are aborted at an astronomical rate, pro-lifers have discovered that the abortion industry has waged a full-fledged attack on these innocent humans. For example, in a...
  • (Christian) Woman 5 Months Pregnant Planning to Have Abortion Because the Baby Has Down Syndrome

    06/10/2015 3:09:33 PM PDT · by Morgana · 102 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | Jun 9, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    A woman who is 5 months pregnant is planning to travel from Texas to New Mexico today to have a late-term abortion because the unborn child she is carrying has been diagnosed as having Down syndrome. Local New Mexico-based pro-life advocate Tara Shaver tells LifeNews she was contacted by the pro-life community in Lubbock, Texas this past weekend about the woman and her husband and their plans to have an abortions. Shaver is concerned that the Christian church the couple attends in Texas is counseling them to have an abortion, or at least defending the decision because the baby is...
  • The 10 things I hate about having a kid with Down syndrome.

    06/02/2015 11:34:29 PM PDT · by kathsua · 4 replies
    Mamamia Women's Network ^ | May 31, 2015 | Kat Abianac
    Let’s keep it real, shall we? I don’t like everything about parenting. I hated my daughter’s croup. Why do I need to like everything about Down syndrome? 10. I hate it when he uses his low muscle tone to his advantage in a tantrum. It’s not a fair fight. I hear parents say “All kids do it, it’s age appropriate at 2 years old!” Yeah? Well, say that to me when I’m draping a 13 kilogram liquid toddler over my arm like a highly disagreeable fish playing dead. Then still powering on with my grocery shop. 9. I hate it...
  • Doctors Advised Mom to Abort Her Baby Girl With Down Syndrome, She’s Now Healthy

    05/29/2015 12:34:04 AM PDT · by kathsua · 4 replies
    Life News ^ | May 27, 2015 | Sarah Zagorski
    In 2012, Michaela and Christopher were at their 20-week ultrasound patiently waiting to find out if they were having a boy or a girl. However, instead of finding out the sex of their baby they were told that their child had some very serious health problems and that they should consider abortion. Michaela explained, “As we went for our routine 20 week scan we were excited to find out if it was definitely a girl we were having, it was the happiest day of our lives after having our two sons Kaiden (4) and Bayley (2). We were scanned for...
  • Teen With Down Syndrome Becomes a Supermodel, Challenges Us to See Disability Differently

    05/19/2015 8:58:49 PM PDT · by kathsua · 28 replies
    Life News ^ | May 19, 2015 | Sarah Zagorski
    18-year-old Madeline Stuart has Down syndrome but refuses to let that stop her from her dream of becoming a model. On her Facebook page she said she is pursuing modeling to “help change societies view of people with Down Syndrome.” According to Buzzfeed, the woman’s mother, Roseanne Stuart, said her daughter has struggled with her weight throughout her life but recently picked up dance, swimming and cheerleading. Roseanne said, “I think it is time people realized that people with Down syndrome can be sexy and beautiful and should be celebrated.” Roseanne said that culture is much more accepting of people...
  • Mother says special-needs children segregated at trampoline business

    04/11/2015 5:49:11 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 22 replies
    WISN.COM ^ | 10 APRIL 2015 | WISN.COM
    NEW BERLIN, Wis. —A mother of children who have special needs said she was treated poorly at a local trampoline business. VIDEO: Mother disappointed over treatment of special needs children at Trampoline park Amanda Karol said she wants her children to be treated in the same way as others. She and her husband adopted five children with Down syndrome from Ukraine. Karol said she took their children to Helium Trampoline Park in New Berlin Thursday to celebrate one of their birthdays. However, she said they were segregated.
  • Dawkins Calls Evil Good and Good Evil

    03/30/2015 2:05:32 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Apologetics Press ^ | Jeff Miller
    Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20). Turning right and wrong upside down is a human habit that goes back thousands of years. Modern times are no different. Famous evolutionary biologist and professor of Oxford University, Richard Dawkins, recently showed his hand in a twitter conversation that has gained media attention. The British Broadcasting Corporation, a public service broadcaster among many others in the United Kingdom, reported that a twitter user said to Dawkins, “I honestly don’t...
  • Our Give Life Challenge is to participate in World Down Syndrome Day on March 21!

    03/22/2015 7:12:43 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies
    March for Life ^ | 03.21.15
    Our Give Life Challenge for the month of March is to participate in World Down Syndrome Day on March 21! Tragically, our “culture of perfection” combined with the “culture of death” has led to an abortion rate of 85% of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome in the womb.  First and foremost, we must continue to educate on the truth about abortion – for the baby and the mother in any circumstance.  Secondly, education about Down Syndrome and the resources that are available to families is desperately needed.That’s where you come in! On Saturday, March 21, join us in participating in...
  • Down Syndrome Babies—Here to Teach Us Tenderness

    08/21/2014 9:30:52 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 4 replies
    Presentation Right 2 Life ^ | May 11, 2014 | Anonymous
    Down Syndrome Babies—Here to Teach Us Tenderness We snuff out their tiny, prophetic voices at our own peril. They are possibly the last barrier against a society-wide breakdown into generalized violence. FULL POTENTIAL: Emory University’s Down Syndrome Center — Showing what a child with an extra chromosome can do Fr. Mitch Pacwa, speaking to Presentation Parish “On Redemptive Suffering”, remarked that “Down Syndrome babies are here to teach us tenderness”. Societies that protect the most innocent are moving towards greater compassion.But young people in America today know that they may have brothers and sisters who were killed before they were...
  • The ghosts of World Down Syndrome Day

    03/21/2015 1:13:07 PM PDT · by iowamark · 4 replies
    The Week ^ | 3/20/2015 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    Tomorrow is World Down Syndrome Day — and awareness of trisomy 21 (the proper name of the disease) has never been more critical. Trisomy 21 causes physical growth delay, characteristic facial deformities, and mild to moderate intellectual disability. On average, a person with trisomy 21 will have the intelligence of a normal 8 or 9 year old child, though this varies widely — some have graduated high school.I do not know a single family with a child with trisomy 21 who has not regarded them as a joy, much less regretted their existence. The expression "ray of sunshine" has become...
  • Players leave court mid-game to confront bully of cheerleader with Down syndrome

    03/12/2015 10:53:18 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    FOXNEWS.COM ^ | March 12, 2015 | fox news
    A group of middle school basketball players walked off the court in the middle of a game when they heard bullying coming from the stands directed at cheerleader, Desiree Andrews, who has Down syndrome. “One of the kids stepped up and said, ‘Don’t mess with her,’” Brandon Morris, who was the boys seventh-grade coach at Lincoln Middle School in Wisconsin, told Kenosha News. Eighth-graders Chase Vasquez, Miles Rodriguez and Scooter Terrien stormed off the court to confront the bully, who was giving Andrews a hard time. “We were mad; we didn’t like that,” Rodriguez told the paper. “We asked our...
  • Woman: Aborting My Baby With Down Syndrome Was the Best Thing for My Child

    02/23/2015 7:29:21 AM PST · by wagglebee · 16 replies
    Life News ^ | 2/20/15 | Sarah Zagorski
    Can we just be honest? The reason our society accepts killing unborn babies with Down syndrome is because we don’t want so-called “imperfect” children. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of hearing supporters of this awful practice claim they’re aborting for the benefit of the child. That’s just ridiculous.In a recent article in Yahoo Parenting, another mother explains her rationale for choosing abortion after finding out she was carrying a baby with Down syndrome.Sophie Horan was 42-years-old when she conceived naturally after two failed rounds of IVF and a failed IUI. She writes, “Eight weeks on, we were...
  • Dad Divorced by Wife Over Son With Down Syndrome Raises $350K

    02/06/2015 5:36:27 PM PST · by goodwithagun · 20 replies
    Yahoo! Parenting ^ | February 6, 2015 | Rachel Bertsche
    When Samuel Forrest first met his newborn son Leo, he fell in love. “They took me in see him and I looked at this guy and I said, he’s beautiful,” he told ABC news. “He’s perfect and I’m absolutely keeping him.”
  • Amanda Marcotte wants people to abort babies with Down syndrome

    01/20/2015 8:25:51 PM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Jan 18, 2015 | Cassy Fiano
    North Dakota recently passed a bill outlawing the abortion of babies based on birth defects, like Down syndrome. Pro-lifers and disability advocates alike cheered the decision, because it is horrific to deprive a baby of life simply because he does not meet our society’s standards of perfection. It is disgusting to see how low we will stoop to avoid “defective” babies, with mothers aborting their children even for very minor defects like cleft lips, which can be repaired. So to see North Dakota step up and ban these abortions is a step in the right direction, reaffirming that people with...
  • Indiana Bill Would Ban Sex-Selection Abortions, Abortions on Babies With Down Syndrome

    01/16/2015 9:44:17 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | 1/16/15 | Sarah Zagorski
    In Indiana, pro-life state Senator Travis Holdman (R-Markle) has proposed a bill that would prohibit abortions if the abortionist knows it’s being pursued because of the unborn baby’s gender or due to a disability. The bill has been assigned to the Senate’s Health and Provider Services committee; and Chairwoman Pat Miller (R-Indianapolis) said she wanted to discuss the bill with Sen. Holdman before commenting on whether the bill will receive a hearing. According to the Indy Star, the president of Indiana Right to Life, Mike Fichter said, “We support the bill, because we don’t believe an unborn child should be...
  • What Parents of Down Syndrome Kids Get About Sarah Palin That Others Don’t

    01/08/2015 7:02:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | January 8, 2015 | Steve Friess
    For parents of a child with Down syndrome, their children figuring out a solution to any problem is a tremendous triumph.My sister stood around the corner and deliberately out of sight, curious to see what her then-14-month-old son, Chaim, was up to. He sat on the kitchen floor, legs spread around the dog’s dish. With a devilish smile, Chaim looked around a couple of times before plunging his bare hands into the bowl and extending it as an offering to his closest friend, Sammy, the family’s poodle mix. My sister, Sheryl, couldn’t have been more delighted. No, she wasn’t fond...
  • PETA, Palin, and the human life hypocrisy

    01/06/2015 9:02:38 AM PST · by Morgana · 26 replies
    live action news ^ | January 6, 2015 | Jeannie Deangelis
    arah Palin is under fire again, and not for her Naughty Monkey shoes. This time it’s because of a post on Facebook showing her six-year-old son Trig, a child diagnosed with Down syndrome, to reach an otherwise out-of-reach countertop, “step, baby, step[ping]” on the back of Jill Hadassa, the family’s black Labrador retriever. Besides the fact that the dog appears totally at ease with the situation and not at all perturbed about providing the elevation barefoot Trig needed to reach the kitchen counter, once again hypocrisy is revealed in feigned outrage when it comes to what’s acceptable and what’s despicable....
  • Community replaces stolen wheelchair for 4-year-old girl with Down syndrome

    12/24/2014 5:28:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    ABC ^ | December 23, 2014 | ABC
    CORONA, Calif. -- Corona, California police officers delivered a special Christmas gift Monday to a 4-year-old girl with Down syndrome who had her wheelchair stolen. With the help of the San Diego Down Syndrome Society, officers were able to replace the specialized wheelchair stolen last week from her front porch. The original chair cost about $2,500. "This device, it makes sure that the user is restrained, kept safe in the wheel chair. It's also very adjustable, so that as they grow, it can grow with them," said Kaelan Rios with the San Diego Down Syndrome Society. Coincidentally, the stolen wheelchair...
  • Champion gymnast with Down syndrome overcomes obstacles, inspires others

    12/24/2014 5:23:06 PM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies
    today.com ^ | Dec. 23, 2014 | Scott Stump
    For Chelsea Werner, gymnastics started as a way to develop more muscle tone, a symptom from her diagnosis of Down syndrome. But now the sport is a way for her to show others just how much is possible for other athletes with the disorder. Werner, 22, has transformed from being unable to execute simple muscle maneuvers to a four-time national championship at the Special Olympics (she also has an international championship under her belt). The Californian's inspiring journey is the latest installment TODAY's "I Am Unbroken" series, which examines stories of perseverance like that of Louis Zamperini, the World War...
  • Meet Izzy, the Down syndrome toddler who is melting hearts in Target's latest holiday ad

    12/24/2014 4:37:44 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    MAIL ONLINE ^ | , 24 December 2014 | MailOnline Reporter
    A toddler with Down syndrome is the adorable new star of Target's latest toy ad. Two-year-old Izzy Bradley wears a pink lace dress and leopard tights as she plays with a $49 activity cube in the heartwarming print ad for the retail giant. Izzy was chosen to model for Target after the company reached out to the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network in search of models. Izzy's mom, Heather Bradley, heads the Stillwater, Minneapolis chapter of the DSDN and told CBS Minnesota that she is grateful that Target is raising awareness for the genetic condition. 'I think it really normalizes Down...
  • Aborting or having a baby with Down Syndrome (T21)

    12/20/2014 7:37:51 PM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | June 13, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    A woman tells her story of an abortion of a down syndrome baby and then her subsequent birth of a disabled child. She shared this on a message board for women who aborted disabled children: I have lurked here for years, and although my story may not be welcomed with open arms, I feel compelled to share it none-the-less. Like many of you, I received a pre-natal diagnosis that our precious baby had Down syndrome and a heart defect. It was completely unexpected and devastating, obviously. Like many of you, my first concern was for my daughter. What would having...
  • Response to survey on down syndrome children shows contempt and selfishness

    12/20/2014 8:00:38 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | January 10, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    Detroit News survey asking women if they would have an abortion if the baby had down syndrome. One respondent said yes: “Let’s be practical. I am not giving up 80% or more of my life to care for a Down Syndrome baby that will be depend on me through his/her adult life. “Corkey” was lucky and probably the only cast to get ratings to play on the hearts of others. Let me be as upfront as possible……This is the ‘Me’ generation, and with health costs increasing endlessly, who has the money?” Quoted in the blog JivinJehosephat Over 95% of all...
  • God Doesn't Make Mistakes - the downs syndrome song

    12/06/2014 7:40:32 PM PST · by SaraJohnson · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/12/10 | unknown
    Uplifting song about Downs Syndrome children on You Tube.
  • Crowder: Abortion of ‘special needs’ children ‘a holocaust’

    12/05/2014 8:45:32 AM PST · by wagglebee · 10 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/4/14 | Drew Belsky
    A touching video by Steven Crowder came out this week.  The comedian and Fox News contributor goes into his experiences volunteering at a center for the mentally handicapped.You may need a box of tissues, depending on how your day is going: Do we really believe that they're "special-needs"?  'Cause that's the politically correct term, right?  "Special needs."  You can't say "disabled."  But then the people who say, "You have to say 'special needs'" are saying they're not really special at all; they're just a burden. ... And the same leftists who believe that they should be aborted fail to acknowledge the irony...
  • Woman Bullied into Aborting Her Down Syndrome Baby

    12/04/2014 7:36:02 PM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | September 16, 2012 | Sarah Terzo
    Marie Ideson was just over 16 weeks pregnant with a Down Syndrome child. “I was bullied into going ahead with an abortion,” says Ideson, 46, a GP surgery manager. “I only wish I could turn back the clock. I think of the daughter I never had every day. I’ll always regret it.” Ideson had an amniocentesis to determine if the baby she was carrying was disabled. She was told it was a routine part of pre-natal care. Four days later, she received a call from the hospital: “A woman said, ‘I’m sorry to say your baby has Down.’ It was...
  • Steven Crowder highlights the holocaust of special needs abortion

    12/03/2014 7:59:42 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Dec 3, 2014 | Cassy Fiano
    For many pro-lifers, the high number of babies with Down syndrome aborted purely for having an extra chromosome is not new information. But Steven Crowder has released a heart-wrenching new video that is resonating with thousands of people exposing the tragedy of the special needs abortion holocaust. This video especially hit close to home for me. Seeing that statistic is always a punch in the gut, because it’s a reminder that most people believe my son should not exist. Simply having an extra chromosome is enough to make mothers deprive their children of life, and why? Because it takes them...
  • Watch: Of This Group Of Americans, 90% Are Being Killed. This Man Is Determined To Stop It

    12/03/2014 12:08:16 PM PST · by Morgana · 26 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | December 2, 2014 | Heather Laskin
    Approximately 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome in the U.S. every year. This number would be much higher, but 90 percent of babies who are diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb are aborted. Pregnant women can get a screening done that will tell them the likelihood of their child having Down syndrome. Despite the fact that the screenings are not one hundred percent accurate, and the fact that there are hundreds of families on waiting lists wanting to adopt a child with Down syndrome, many expectant mothers choose to end the life of their child after being told...
  • Important Video: Special Needs Abortion: The Holocaust...

    12/01/2014 4:20:11 PM PST · by StevenCrowder · 6 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 12/1/2014 | Steven Crowder
    I often write things here. But this video… the faces of these people, deserving of life, says more than I ever could. Please watch and share to let people know that every life is valuable.
  • Pro-choice researcher admits that aborting imperfect children creates disability rights conflicts

    11/30/2014 12:37:57 PM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Nov 29, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    Years ago, Rayna Rapp discovered that her baby would be afflicted with down syndrome. She and her partner chose for her to have an abortion. Ever since then, she has been writing about fetal testing and abortion. A supporter of legal abortion who has herself worked in an abortion clinic, the reader can be assured that she writes with no pro-life bias. In her book, Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: the Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America, she interviewed women and couples who were waiting for the results of an amniocentesis to discover whether their babies would have down syndrome...
  • Cashier Tells Mom of Toddler With Down Syndrome: “Bet You Wish You Knew Before He Came Out”

    11/14/2014 9:16:07 AM PST · by wagglebee · 73 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/14/14 | Steven Ertelt
    Most unborn children diagnosed in the womb with Down syndrome are aborted and never given a chance to live their lives. Part of the problem is a culture that wrongly believes people with Down syndrome are less valuable than others. An incident at a store where a mother of a two-year-old with the genetic condition had to deal with a cashier prejudiced against children with Down syndrome reinforced that problematic pro-abortion stereotype.A blogger named Sherry wrote on her blog about an incident with her two-year-old son Gabe (right), who has Down syndrome. Sherry wrote on her blog “Hand Me Downs”...
  • Mom confronts stranger who suggests she should have aborted her son

    11/11/2014 9:39:46 AM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    JILL STANEK ^ | Jill Stanek
    Sometimes I forget, because Gabe is just that — Gabe. When I look at him I don’t see Down syndrome, I see my son, Abi’s brother — a sweet, willful, determined little boy. Sometimes I forget, and that makes it even harder when someone reminds me in a not so kind way. Like the cashier who gave me sad eyes and spit poison in a whisper, “I bet you wish you had known before he came out. You know they have a test for that now…” Shock, horror, hurt and fury coursed through my body. I considered jerking her over...
  • Family Convicted Who Starved 32-Year-Old Man With Down Syndrome to Death

    10/31/2014 11:41:05 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/31/14 | Dave Andrusko
    It seems like only yesterday, not for a good reason, but because the horror of the case made the memories so vivid.A year ago last June we reported on the arraignment of the mother and sisters of Robert Gensiak. The women were charged in the starvation death of the 32-year-old Taylor, Pennsylvania, man.Mr. Gensiak, who had Down syndrome, weighed 69 pounds at his death, ”his shrieking flesh raked by scabies and lice,” wrote Chris Kelly for the Scranton Times Tribune.I just learned today that earlier this month all three were sentenced by Lackawanna County Judge Margaret Bisignani Moyle. The mother,...
  • My son with Down syndrome is not a burden to his family

    10/11/2014 6:06:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    live action ^ | Cassy Fiano
    It’s not unusual to hear people talk about aborting their baby with Down syndrome because it is the “merciful” thing to do. One woman wrote about her decision to abort her baby with Down syndrome because of the “suffering” the baby and her family would be forced to endure, and somehow still has the audacity to claim that she “loves” her son. To her, she was making some kind of noble choice because he otherwise would have had a miserable, empty, meaningless life. Richard Dawkins caused a huge controversy when he argued that it was immoral to knowingly give birth...
  • Women Defend Aborting Their Babies With Down Syndrome: “Having a ‘Tard’ is a Bummer for Life”

    10/23/2014 3:12:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    Life News ^ | 10.23.14 | Sarah Terzo
    Rayna Rapp, a former abortion clinic worker, interviewed women getting genetic testing to find out if their babies would be disabled or have a genetic problem. Here are some things that people said about why they would abort a down syndrome baby: “The bottom line is when my neighbor said to me: “Having a “tard,” that’s a bummer for life.” … downsyndromebaby30“I have a cousin, my mother’s sister’s son, he’s retarded and 38. Oh, it isn’t Down’s, it’s something else. He’s done fine, he’s likely to live a normal life, to die at 80. But it’s really messed up the...
  • Mom Regrets Not Aborting Son With Down Syndrome: I Would’ve Killed Him if I Could

    10/23/2014 9:15:24 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 111 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/23/14 | Steven Ertelt
    For the second time in two weeks, a mother has given a shocking and heartbreaking interview in which she admits she would have taken the life of her disabled son in an abortion if she had it to do all over again.Gillian Relf, 69, regrets having her son, Stephen, who is 47, because he has Down syndrome and requires constant and daily care. She worries about what will happen to her son when she dies.Relf starts with an embarrassing anecdote about how her son refused to sit in his seat on an airplane as they prepared to leave London for...
  • I wish I'd aborted the son I've spent 47 years caring for': It's a shocking.....

    10/23/2014 9:13:49 AM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 10.23.14 | Gillian Relf For The Daily Mail
    FULL TITLE: 'I wish I'd aborted the son I've spent 47 years caring for': It's a shocking admission - but read on before you judge The pilot had been very patient but, after an hour of the plane waiting on the Tarmac at Heathrow, with my son Stephen refusing to get up off the floor, sit in his seat and buckle up, our bags were removed from the hold and he was carried off the flight, my husband Roy and I walking, hot-cheeked and humiliated, behind. Our family holiday to Greece would not be going ahead, after all. And no,...
  • Local dad pushes for Down Syndrome awareness plates

    10/20/2014 7:57:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    WTOP ^ | 10/18/2014 | Kathy Stewart
    WASHINGTON -- For the last 30 years, October has been officially known as Down Syndrome Awareness month. That's why local father Brian Schwetz has chosen October to launch his effort to get a "special interest" license plate for Virginia approved. Schwetz and his wife are parents of a 2 1/2-year-old little girl with Down Syndrome. One out of every 700 babies born in the U.S. has Down syndrome, which is associated with an intellectual disability. Babies with Down syndrome are born with an extra chromosome, also called Trisomy 21. "We noticed that Maryland already has one and a handful of...
  • Overcoming odds, MMA fighter with Down syndrome preps for first fight

    10/20/2014 7:43:51 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    FOX ^ | October 20, 2014 | Alexandria Hein
    Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters are known for their tough mentality and stop-at-nothing attitudes, so it’s no surprise that even though Garrett “G Money” Holeve has Down syndrome, he has muted his doubters and is fighting his way into the cage. On November 8, Holeve will enter the cage for his first sanctioned fight against David “Cerebral Assassin” Steffan. The fight between Holeve and Steffan, a former Special Olympian who was born with cerebral palsy, has been approved by Spire Sanctioning – an amateur MMA sanctioning body – and is being sponsored by Fighting for Autism.
  • Mothers petition Disney for a hero with Down syndrome

    10/20/2014 9:52:46 AM PDT · by Morgana · 41 replies
    LA daily News ^ | 10.20.14 | Dana Bartholomew
    Walt Disney Studios has for nearly a century featured disabled characters in its animated cartoons, from a none-too-bright Dopey to Nemo and his damaged fin. Now a Bay Area couple has asked for one more from the media giant: a princess who has Down syndrome in common with their daughter. In the past two weeks, their Care2.com petition to persuade the Burbank studio has garnered more than 30,000 signatures from around the world. “We love Walt Disney,” said Keston Ott-Dahl, 48, of Antioch, whose 15-month-old Delaney Skye has high-functioning Down syndrome. “When I see her mesmerized by Disney princesses, it...
  • Down syndrome: When my daughter was born, my doctor said she probably wouldn’t live until 3

    10/20/2014 9:14:55 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    WashingtonPost ^ | 10.20.14 | Michelle Sie Whitten
    When my daughter was born with Down syndrome 11 years ago, I was told by my doctor that she probably wouldn’t live until 3 years old. Beyond that, I was terrified that she would be ostracized or abused by society. Through parenting my brilliant daughter, my fear turned into amazement – amazement at all she could do. There are so many myths, misconceptions and outdated information out there, I wanted to write and let people know a few truths during this, National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. In fact, we, at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, talk about the Two Syndromes,...
  • Judge: Lawsuit in police death of man with Down Syndrome can move forward

    10/19/2014 10:41:39 PM PDT · by Morgana · 25 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | 10.16.14 | Peter Hermann
    A federal judge in Maryland ruled Thursday that a wrongful-death lawsuit against three Frederick County sheriff’s deputies can move forward over claims of gross negligence for forcibly removing a young man with Down syndrome from a movie theater. Robert Ethan Saylor died, which generated outrage among parents of children with Down syndrome and advocacy groups across the country. U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson was just as scathing, writing in his 54-page ruling that “a man died over the cost of a movie ticket.” The Saylor family’s claims that Maryland authorities failed to adequately train the deputies to handle people...
  • 'People were surprised that we wouldn't abort our Down's syndrome baby - it made me so angry'

    10/15/2014 9:21:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
    Mirror ^ | Karen Edwards
    Tom tells of the ignorance they faced, and the incredible moments they shared while bringing up Rosie… ‘The pregnancy was unplanned, so I’d already been through the standard worry, mainly about our financial situation. Then when we went for our 12-week scan, everything seemed fine and I felt happier. It was then my wife, Karen, now 39, decided to have the Bart’s screening test, which can indicate conditions such as Down’s syndrome. The test is offered to all mums-to-be, but it’s not compulsory. I think it was instinct on her part – we’d declined it with our other kids, Harry,...
  • ...first students with Down Syndrome to be crowned homecoming king and queen in Florida

    10/15/2014 6:23:14 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    MailOnline ^ | Alexandra Klausner for MailOnline
    FULLTITLE: Two teenagers and life-long friends are the first students with Down Syndrome to be crowned homecoming king and queen in Florida For the first time ever, two high school students from Florida with Down syndrome were crowned homecoming king and queen. Travjuan Hunter, who goes by Bubba, and his queen Semone Adkins stood in a football field on October 11th in front of all their peers who cheered them on as they were adorned with crowns and handed bouquets of flowers. Bubba proudly wore a black tuxedo and Semone stunned in a floor length sparkly gray dress. The two...
  • Woman: Aborting My Baby With Down Syndrome “Was the Kindest Thing I Could Do”

    10/10/2014 12:46:39 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 42 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/10/14 | Sarah Zagorski
    In April 2011, Suzanne and her husband Tim found out they were pregnant with their second baby. They were overjoyed to add to their family and give their daughter, Delilah a brother. However, when they went in for a routine scan when Suzanne was 13 weeks, they found out their baby might have Down syndrome. Later tests confirmed that their son, who they named Oscar, had the genetic disorder.Susanna shares with the Daily Mail about her decision to abort her baby. We reasoned that if our baby did have Down’s syndrome — a genetic disorder which inhibits the ability to...