Monday, September 15, 2008

The Trig Effect

No, it's not trigonometry, it's far more powerful. It's the effect that the beautiful innocent countenance of a baby with Trisomy 21 has had on the world. Politicians and pundits, doctors and journalists are all a flutter trying to keep the lid on the dirty little secret: from 90 to 94% of these children are killed before they are born.
We in the prolife community have know this for decades, and have been fighting this trend. We have had formidable opponents; from The March of Dimes who sponsors research into 'search and destroy' methods for prenatal diagnosis to the AMA and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists who recommend, no, INSIST on mandatory prenatal testing for all women, to the misinformed genetic counselors who scare parents into aborting these children. We can now add to this side Dr Andre Lalonde, head of the Canadian who feels that Trig is causing trouble for women who might get the idea that allowing their babies with Trisomy 21 to live poses a grave threat to abortion. You got that right, Dr. Lalonde!
We who love someone with 47 chromosomes have done battle with all of these, armed with only the power of the internet. We have seen the Kennedy Brownback Bill, which would inform expectant parents of the truth, used as a pawn in a political tug of war this summer, and be defeated without serious consideration. We have seen our children mocked by Hollywood films like "Tropic Thunder". We have cried while millions of children like those we love die before their parents can experience the joy they would have brought into their lives.
But, the tide is turning towards a new understanding of the intrinsic worth of the individual with Down syndrome by the simple fact that Gov. Sarah Palin unapologetically chose to give birth to her son Trig. Actions speak louder than words. It's . . .
The Trig effect.
Such a big wave caused by such a small little boy.

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