Last August, CBS reported that Iceland "is on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion." Some were puzzled and concerned with their choice of words. Others, like myself, were outright baffled and angry. CBS' tweet made it sound like eradicating a disease and eradicating people with a disease are the same thing.
In comes Patricia Heaton, our new favorite pro-life celebrity.
On August 14th, she responded to CBS with a tweet that perfectly encapsulated how nuts their choice of words was.
Four months later she is still defying the norms of Hollywood by speaking out against abortion and the disproportionate rate at which babies with Down Syndrome fall victim to it.
Despite the far-left, very-pro-choice nature of Hollywood and their habit of blacklisting people who have dissenting moral and political ideas (see Andrew Klavan, including this article on the topic), Heaton spoke out on the issue of abortion in Iceland and has shared her opinions before that as well. Two weeks ago, she did yet again.
Heaton wrote an article that appeared in America Magazine, a Catholic, Jesuit publication on December 4th reviewing the topic. The fact she wrote about it almost four months after the original story was published by CBS is important because, especially in the Internet era, it's very easy for news items to slip from memory, having been replaced by tons of other stories that reach our brains so quickly in the world of 24/7 coverage and access.
Heaton points out how much is really lost when pre-born babies with Down Syndrome are aborted, citing that "not only do people with Down syndrome report having a very high level of satisfaction with their lives, but their siblings feel they are better people for having a family member with Down syndrome."
She even calls out socialized medicine for causing some of the pressure doctors give parents who get prenatal diagnoses of Down Syndrome, stating it "creates an environment in which those who choose to give birth to a Down syndrome child may be considered selfish for using up precious resources. More recently, the Dutch Ministry of Health published a list of the 10 most expensive diseases, with Down syndrome at the top." It's truly a sign of a sad and failed system when people are encouraged to kill humans because they're "too expensive."
Fortunately, there are forces for life and love out there who work on behalf of those with Down Syndrome. Heaton links to an inspiring TED talk by Karen Gaffney, an incredible woman with Down Syndrome, as well as two organizations dedicated to Down Syndrome: The Global Down Syndrome Foundation and the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome.
So please join us in giving a huge thank you to Patricia Heaton for standing up for life in the face of adversity.
You should check out the link to what she wrote in America Magazine above—it's a short and easy read—but I'll close this article with a fantastic quote from hers:
"In a world where we are daily conditioned to expect an environment that caters to our every need and desire, we must remind ourselves that the value of our lives and the lives of others is based not on material wealth or accomplishments but on the intrinsic worth we all possess as human beings created by God and in his image."
- Patricia Heaton