Praise the Lord. A new law in Poland prohibits the practice of killing babies in utero with Down Syndrome.
Life Site News reports – Poland’s amended abortion law has now officially come into effect, protecting babies’ right to life with Down syndrome and those with serious disabilities.
Yesterday, Poland’s Constitutional Court published its October 22 decision on its website outlawing the practice of eugenic abortion. The order took effect at midnight. Hitherto, Poland’s laws permitted the abortion of unborn babies with “serious disabilities” and “incurable diseases.” After considering a petition by 119 members of the Polish parliament, coming from several different parties, the country’s highest court declared that the practice was unconstitutional.
In contrast to Poland’s new law to protect the lives of babies with Down Syndrome, Iceland has been working very hard to ensure every baby’s life found to have Down Syndrome while in their mother’s womb is extinguished.
“… few countries have come as close to eradicating Down syndrome births as Iceland,” a January 2019 CBS report begins. “Since prenatal screening tests were introduced in Iceland in the early 2000s, the vast majority of women — close to 100 percent — who received a positive test for Down syndrome terminated their pregnancy.”
Just a handful of children with Down syndrome have been born in Iceland in the past decade. Two are born each year, on average, but the rest are killed in the womb. For most of the children who were born, their mothers decided not to have prenatal screening tests.
This deadly discrimination against babies with disabilities is a problem in countries across the world, not just Iceland. In 2014, the Danish government reported 98 percent of unborn babies who tested positive for Down syndrome were aborted. CBS reports that France’s rate was 77 percent in 2015, 90 percent in the United Kingdom, and 67 percent in the U.S. between 1995 and 2011. Some put the rate even higher in the United States, but it is difficult to determine the exact number because the U.S. government does not keep detailed statistics about abortion.
In many of these countries, late-term abortions are legal in cases of fetal anomalies, such as Down syndrome. For example, the UK prohibits abortions after 24 weeks but allows wide exceptions for late-term abortions involving fetal anomalies.
In the United States, pro-life advocates continue to fight to protect the lives of the unborn, especially those babies whose lives are taken away simply for the crime of being born with Down Syndrome.
In October 2017, Frank Stephens, a man with Down Syndrome bravely spoke in front of members of the United States Congress, where he fought for Down Syndrome babies’ right to be saved from the brutal practice of abortion. “Whatever you learn today, please remember this,” he told them, “I am a man with Down Syndrome, and my life is worth living.”
“I completely understand that the people pushing this particular final solution are saying that people like me should not exist,” he said, adding, “That view is deeply prejudiced by an outdated idea of life with Down Syndrome.” The members of Congress, which included pro-abortion Democrats, were given a dose of reality about how people with Down Syndrome are humans who have a lot to contribute, as he listed some of the many accomplishments he’s had in his life, including going to the White House twice.
In a gut-wrenching moment, Stephens told the members of Congress that he shouldn’t have to justify his existence,” explaining to them that people with Down Syndrome are “an unusual source of happiness.”
Watch his incredible testimony here:
Should the Left have the right to pick and choose who should and shouldn’t be allowed to live in this world? President Trump was the most pro-life president in the history of the United States. It will be interesting to see what kinds of legislation the ghoulish left will push for now that pro-abortion “Catholic” Joe Biden has a majority of anti-life Democrats in the House and Senate, at least for the next two years.