Today I read an article entitled, Appeal to the United Nations. The article, dated November 2015, discussed how more couples are choosing elective abortions when they find out that their baby has Down Syndrome. The article went on to state, couples who went through screening and found out their child had Down Syndrome terminated the pregnancies at these rates:
United States: average of 68%
Europe: average of 98%
Netherlands: 74-94% after Down Syndrome was diagnosed in the last 23 years
Iceland: during the period from 2008-12, in which Down’s was diagnosed, 100% of the pregnancies were terminated
Beyond just my sadness over voluntarily choosing to not continue with a pregnancy because a child isn’t “perfect”, are the ethical and moral implications of this decision.
When is it okay to say, “this child won’t be born perfect, therefore it is okay to not have this child”? Who has the right to determine the quality of life or what makes life worth living? Does a genetic difference make it okay to stop a pregnancy?
Does perfect genetics equate to a perfect life? I don’t believe so…
No one is perfect, and in fact, it is often times our imperfections that make us so unique.
I believe all life is valuable and worthy.
Matthew 18:1-2, 10 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them…See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.