Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What I Really Want to Ask the Church

If I could ask the Christian Church in America one thing, it would be this:

Where are all the Down Syndrome babies?

If we, the Christian Church (and I'm looking at you, Evangelicals) are so pro-life as to want to pass legislation requiring women to view ultrasounds of their baby before they can have an abortion, if we want to limit access to emergency contraception, if we want to make abortion illegal and criminalize the practitioners and patients who engage in abortion, we need to ask this question of ourselves.

Where are all our Down Syndrome babies?

Baby Lily, story at National Association for Down Syndrome

90-95% of pregnancies with a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome end in elective termination. That's right. 90-95% of women who find out they care carrying a child with Down Syndrome abort their baby.

Assuming that Down Syndrome occurs with the same frequency among Christians and non-Christians, for every 5 children with Down Syndrome born to Non-Christians, there should be 95 children with Down Syndrome born to Christians.

But I don't know 95 Christian families with kids with DS. Do youWhy is that, Church? Where are all those precious Down Syndrome babies?

Sweet baby Trey, whose story is here

Beloved, if we want to be pro-life, we need to start in our own wombs.

What if we, Church, were to show the world what pro-life looks like? What if we were to show the world that every life, even especially those lives with atypical chomosomal make-up, are precious? What if we were to value each life that God knits together in our wombs so much that we had entire Sunday School classes to minister to parents of children with Down Syndrome, or entire VBS camps for our atypical blessings? What if those 90-95 babies filled our sanctuaries with their joyful smiles? 

Then, Church, then we would truly be pro-life.


Erin Martin said...

Amen! And Amen again!

Lisa H. said...

You should check out the blog "theblessingofverity.com" on this one. It's a family's story of how God blessed them with a biological child with DS, what they've learned in the process, and the AMAZING story God has written with their lives since. Ultimately God led them to adopt a girl with DS from an EE country, and through that adoption has shed light on the deplorable conditions of many special needs children in EE orphanages. It's hard to catch up on the blog because it's so long, but I went back and read the blog like a book and was SO blessed by this beautiful story.... It's amazing to see what God did through one family's faith and obedience!

Anna said...

This is a message that needs to be repeated. Over and over. There is a waiting list, families wanting to adopt children with DS domestically. That is why families like ours, and others adopt internationally. I do love what Joni and friends has done. They have many resources for families and churches for the exact programs you mention. I am afraid that having families doesn't always mean that a church will find it important. Sadly with three families with someone with DS, plus 3-4 other children I know of with other forms of disabilities it still hasn't become a priority. Great post.

E and K said...

Huh. Never thought about it; about there the lack of DS children in Christian spheres. I just assumed that everyone felt the same as you and me, but given the statistics that is clearly not the case. That makes me sad, that Christians (pro-lifers) are just as guilty of aborting babies as nonChristians. Definitely something to be more aware of and advocate for.

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