Where do these monsters come from, and how do they get a pass from any person with an ounce of humanity?
When I first came across NBC reporter Ken Dilanian’s tweet this morning, I thought at first, I must’ve misread it. I went back and re-read it, sure that no logical person could call a woman (a mother, no less) “courageous” for writing an article about how she would have killed her baby if she discovered it had Down syndrome. Unfortunately, I didn’t misread the tweet. The NBC reporter was indeed calling the Washington Post’s deputy editorial editor Ruth Marcus, who wrote an article titled: I would’ve aborted a fetus with Down syndrome. Women need that right…”courageous”.
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) March 10, 2018
Here’s a portion of the Washington Post article written by their deputy editorial editor Ruth Marcus:
There is a new push in antiabortion circles to pass state laws aimed at barring women from terminating their pregnancies after the fetus has been determined to have Down syndrome. These laws are unconstitutional, unenforceable — and wrong.
This is a difficult subject to discuss because there are so many parents who have — and cherish — a child with Down syndrome. Many people with Down syndrome live happy and fulfilled lives. The new Gerber baby with Down syndrome is awfully cute.
Here’s “Lucas”, Gerber’s new 2018 baby, that Ruth Marcus refers to as “awfully cute”, while defending the right to kill him before he ever takes his first breath. Ironically, the video was produced by NBC, the same network where the reporter who called Ruth Marcus “courageous” works:
I have had two children; I was old enough, when I became pregnant, that it made sense to do the testing for Down syndrome. Back then, it was amniocentesis, performed after 15 weeks; now, chorionic villus sampling can provide a conclusive determination as early as nine weeks. I can say without hesitation that, tragic as it would have felt and ghastly as a second-trimester abortion would have been, I would have terminated those pregnancies had the testing come back positive. I would have grieved the loss and moved on.
And I am not alone. More than two-thirds of American women choose abortion in such circumstances. Isn’t that the point — or at least inherent in the point — of prenatal testing in the first place?
Most children with Down syndrome have mild to moderate cognitive impairment, meaning an IQ between 55 and 70 (mild) or between 35 and 55 (moderate).
If you believe that abortion is equivalent to murder, the taking of a human life, then, of course, you would make a different choice. But that is not my belief, and the Supreme Court has affirmed my freedom to have that belief and act accordingly.