Every human life has value.

According to the latest figures more than 90% of babies pre-natally diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted – never allowed to see the light of day – in the UK. I’d be willing to bet that the numbers here in the US are not far below that. Keep that in mind when you watch the sweet story of Christi Hockel (click image below)

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This is why love should never be confused with pity.. I understand that there can be a good amount of fear and uncertainty when one gets a prenatal diagnosis they weren’t expecting. But the child should not be killed because of its disability (or for any other reason). Truly, children and people with Down syndrome, though they may have some health problems, are some of the happiest most joy-filled people in the world. And they spread that joy to everyone they come in contact with. Just read this beautiful testimony of the father of a boy with Down syndrome.

Still don’t think you could handle being the parent of a child with Down syndrome? There is another good and loving option:

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Over 200 couples/families are waiting to adopt a child (children) with Down syndrome. If you wish to adopt a Down Syndrome child or wish to give the gift of a Down Syndrome child to a waiting family, visit The National Adoption Awareness Program website or call 1-888-796-5504. (h/t Rebecca Taylor)

Related:
There’s No Such Thing As the Perfect Child
Mr. Blue Sky “a ground-breaking film that explores the romantic relationship of a woman born with Down syndrome and a “normal” male, as perceived by today’s society.”

April 19th, 2010 at 5:21 pm
2 Responses to “A Rose for Christi”
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    Bob Says:

    The Dominic Lawson piece was excellent. Everybody should read it.

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    Chelsea Says:

    Bob – I know! I still might do a post on it specifically, but I just didn’t have the time/energy to delve into everything he was talking about.