He hit the nail on the head.

Whenever there is anything Down syndrome related in the news the number of e-mails in my in-box dramatically increases.  It makes me laugh, but also makes me feel loved knowing that so many people are thinking of our family.

A recent article, In Defense Of Down Syndrome Children.. Like My Son, Gabe Lyons tackles the issue of why a good majority of expectant parents who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome – 92% – choose not to welcome a child like his into the world.

Why the rush to rid the world of people like Cade?

Certainly, it isn’t because his disability physically threatens anyone. Rather, Down syndrome children pose a different kind of threat to society — the in-your-face reminder that our aspirations for “perfection” may be flawed. People like Cade disrupt normal…people like Cade bring new dimension to what normal ought to be.

I think I nodded my head throughout the entire article. Yes, he gets it!

Why do the majority of expectant parents determine not to carry these pregnancies to full term?

Fear.

Fear of the unknown.
Fear that life will never look the same.
Fear that they won’t have what it takes day to day.
Fear that they themselves, won’t be accepted.

We — as humans — feel ill equipped to handle life-altering uncertainty. If we could see the future, we’d do everything we could to keep things safe. Yet it also seems that when we can control the future, we don’t do well. In the case of prenatal diagnosis, when we catch a glimpse of the predicted future, nine out of 10 times we choose not to permit the adventure of life with a Down syndrome child! We buy into the utopian lie that we know what’s best for ourselves and for this world.

Clearly I had trouble narrowing down what parts of the article spoke to me.  As far as I was concerned he hit the nail on the head even if he was preaching to a choir of one {me.}  Ready for what I thought was his most important point?

So, why should you care about a Down syndrome diagnoses? This isn’t just about Down syndrome. It’s about our understanding of the common good.  {emphasis mine.}

The historic definition of the “common good” is the most good for all people. But today this definition has a competitor called the “public interest.” In this presupposed progressive view, the most good for the most people is all that matters. Only one word changed but the implications are enormous. A commitment to the common good demands we value the elderly, the disabled, the unborn and those unlike us. It’s an old, rooted conception being lost on a generation consumed with progress.

We must allow life in our world that doesn’t follow our scripted narrative.
We must have the courage to choose that which is good over what is convenient.  {emphasis mine.}

Of course, being a glutton for punishment I scrolled down to read the comments.  Big mistake.  Clearly I remain in the minority.

Did you read the article?  What did you think?

***it should be noted that this article was published in a handful of media outlets…seems the Huffington Post crowd was the least convinced.  Coincidence?  Click here for some up-lifting and encouraging comments.

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2 thoughts on “He hit the nail on the head.

  1. I don’t dare go read the comments… I think I will just sit here and be happy about what you reposted. I love the way this person thinks and how he presented a defense for all humanity. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. It took me awhile to read this, the article and then, unfortunately, the comments on the article. (I have a 7-week old, so everything takes longer) I am a bit aghast that people were “offended” by the author’s use of the word “extinction.” Extinction is only a judgmental word if it convicts you somewhere deep in your conscience. Obviously most people would choose to not allow “imperfection” to enter the world if they had a choice. I didn’t bother commenting on the HuffPost, but the choices people make, sorry to say, are akin to the Nazis determining that people with DS and Jews should not live. Who made us judge over whether someone should be born? It is not about being pro-choice – the only judgmental people are the ones who rule that some shall live and some shall not. That’s a little bit worse than using accurate words such as extinction.

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