For many on the left side of the political spectrum, abortion issues are not up for discussion, and any attempt to consider the consequences of allowing abortions is construed an assault on a “woman’s right to choose”. The tying of a woman’s basic rights to a topic as sensitive as abortion has gone largely unchallenged, even by most on the right, however, one person is not afraid to share his opinion on the matter.
Frank Stephens, a successful actor who has Down Syndrome, gave a moving speech to Congress on the efforts of some abortion advocates to allow aborting of fetuses with Down Syndrome. The actor passionately told a congressional committee that people advocating for a policy of aborting Down Syndrome fetuses are in fact advocating a “final solution”. The actor continued by asserting that his life is “worth living.”
Stephens shared with the committee some shocking statistics, including that nearly 100 percent of Down Syndrome fetuses are aborted in Iceland with very high termination rates in Denmark and South Korea as well.
The actor told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies:
Whatever you learn today, please remember this: I am a man with Down syndrome and my life is worth living … Some people say prenatal screens will identify Down syndrome in the womb, and those pregnancies will just be terminated. It’s hard for me to sit here and say those words. I completely understand that the people pushing this particular “final solution” are saying that people like me should not exist … But to those who question the value of people with Don Syndrome, I would make three points: First, we are a medical gift to society, a blueprint for medical research into cancer Alzheimer’s and immune system disorders.
On a deeply personal note, I cannot tell you how much it means to me that my extra chromosome might lead to the answer to Alzheimer’s. It’s likely that one day this thief will steal my memories, my very life from me. This is very hard for me to say, but it has already begun to steal my mom from me.
Please, think about all those people you love the way I love my mom. Help us make this difference, if not for me and my mom, then for you and the ones you love. Fund this research. Let’s be America, not Iceland or Denmark. Let’s pursue answers, not final solutions. Let’s be America. Let’s make our goal to be Alzheimer’s free, not Down Syndrome free.