Pope Francis says abortion reflects a Nazi mentality

"We do the same as the Nazis to maintain the purity of the race, but with white gloves,” pontiff says in June 16 remarks

In a speech to a family association Saturday, Pope Francis again stressed that God's vision of the family is between a man and a woman, and compared the abortion of children who are sick or disabled to a Nazi mentality. “I've heard that it's fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first few months of pregnancy they do studies to see if the child is healthy or has … [Read more...]

“They inspire joy, kindness, and wonder”

President Trump issues statement marking start of Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Statement from President Donald Trump on Down Syndrome Awareness Month: “During Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we celebrate the significant contributions that people with Down syndrome make to their families, to their communities, and to our Nation.  We also salute the family members, caregivers, medical professionals, and advocates who have dedicated themselves to ensuring … [Read more...]

‘Today I lost my Nobel Prize’

New film about Jerome Lejeune

The following comes from a June 21 posting on MercatorNet.com. It is August 1969 in San Francisco and Professor Jerome Lejeune is addressing the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics. Ten years earlier he had discovered the genetic cause of Down Syndrome, when he saw under his microscope in a Paris laboratory the third little mark on the 21st … [Read more...]

Down syndrome community reduced by thirty percent

Too much of the time, prenatal diagnosis results in abortion

The following comes from an April 21 Dozer Institute article by Mark Bradford: How many babies prenatally diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted in the United States each year? Well, we don’t know. While new data suggesting lower numbers has recently been published, we continue to see most often in print a statistics of 90% – 92%. While that certainly draws attention to … [Read more...]

Sunflower celebrates her first year

Down Syndrome baby was adopted by California couple

The following comes from a February 20 Live Action News article by Rebecca Downs. Last May, Live Action News featured a story on Sunflower Mae and the California couple who adopted her.  Andy and Mercedes Lara adopted Sunflower, who has Down Syndrome, three days after she was born, and chronicled their journey with Sunny on social media and Youtube. While the Laras … [Read more...]

San Francisco lesbian couple makes the moral choice

Happiest day of life

The following comes from an Aug. 19 story on Yahoo.com. When news broke earlier this month about baby Gammy — the newborn with Down syndrome who was left (or kept) in Thailand with his surrogate mother while his intended adoptive parents returned to Australia with his twin sister — many were shocked. But not Keston and Andrea Ott-Dahl, a San Francisco couple who had a … [Read more...]

Are you still humans?

21-year-old Thai food vendor asks surrogate agency

The following comes from an Aug. 3 story in the Washington Post. A Thai surrogate mother said Sunday that she was not angry with the Australian biological parents who left behind a baby boy born with Down syndrome, and hoped that the family would take care of the boy’s twin sister they took with them. Pattaramon Chanbua, a 21-year-old food vendor in Thailand’s seaside … [Read more...]

Women with Down Syndrome respond to God’s call

Community founded with support of Jerome Lejeune

  The following comes from a July 26 story on Patheos.com. To offer oneself to God, in witness to the Gospel of Life. This is the mission of the Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb, a contemplative order in France which opens its doors to women who feel a call to religious life, but who may be turned away from other orders because they have Down Syndrome.  The … [Read more...]

Genetic markers for mental illness

The following comes from a May 8 story in Crisis magazine by Richard Becker. Culture of life, culture of death - how big is the divide? Here’s one measure. The other day I caught a story on NPR about researchers identifying genetic markers for mental illness in utero. The following is a quotation from the transcript. Read it, and then jot down the first word that pops in … [Read more...]

From Blessing to Curse

The evolution of ‘wrongful birth’ lawsuits The following comes from an April 30 story in the Weekly Standard. On Friday, March 9, an Oregon jury reached its verdict in the case of Levy v. Legacy Health System. The jurors deliberated for just six hours before concluding unanimously that the plaintiffs, Ariel and Deborah Levy, had been wronged by the defendant and were due … [Read more...]