VISUAL: Color video footage of fetus, 20-25 weeks gestation, in her mother’s womb sucking her thumb.
NARRATOR: “Why are some babies aborted?
It’s not because her mother was raped.
It’s not because her mother’s life or health are in jeopardy.
It’s not because her father isn’t supportive.
It’s not because she was unplanned.
It’s not even because her mother doesn’t want a baby.
Then why are these babies aborted?”
VISUAL: Screen goes black while “aborted” said. Black screen lasts for 2 seconds.
VISUAL: Cut to Narrator, sitting in a chair with spartan backdrop. Narrator has Down syndrome.
NARRATOR, SPEAKING TO CAMERA: “Because they have Down syndrome, like me.”
VISUAL: Cut to black screen. Split second delay before “DISCRIMINATION” in imposing, white typeface, appears. One second delay before “It’s alive and kicking” appears in smaller typeface. One second delay before “A message from Created Equal. createdequal.org” appears at the bottom.
As you may have guessed, this advertisement only exists in my head. I envisioned it a few years ago while walking home from the subway after learning that 90% of babies with Down syndrome are aborted. I thought of it again as I read this article in Newsweek (note: Newsweek article is now unavailable, but Boston Globe story is here.) about a couple who, once they learned their baby had Down syndrome, “agonized” over whether they should let her live or have her killed. Fortunately for their daughter, they decided not to discriminate against her because of her handicap. The article is definitely worth reading, even though it repeats an inaccuracy: the Connecticut law allowing abortions only until the 24th week is not a bona fide deadline. In fact, women can abort children with Down syndrome at anytime during pregnancy provided they claim that the pregnancy is causing them mental trauma. George Tiller, a Kansas abortionist specializing in late term “therapeutic” abortions, receives clients from all over the country. He refers to Down syndrome by its medical name, Trisomy 21, and outlines the process of his “therapy” this way,“an injection of a medication is made into the baby to assure that it will be stillborn”. By most standards it is a stretch to call lethal doses of potassium chloride, the agent used to kill Tim McVeigh, “medication.” But at least Mr. Tiller acknowledges that the thing he “assure[s] will be stillborn” is a “baby”.
More than anything else, Dr. Tiller’s procedure exposes the lie, made by many abortion apologists, that abortion doesn’t kill the baby — the fetus’s death is just a side-effect of the mother “ending her pregnancy” because she is unable or unwilling to continue it. In that sense, abortion is ostensibly an act of omission. It’s harder to make that claim while injecting a lethal agent into a healthy baby body.
In America, 86% of babies with Down syndrome are killed by “therapies” like Dr. Tiller’s. And this despite the fact that, as the Fairchilds learned when they called adoption agencies about placing children with Down syndrome, there is no shortage of families willing to love and adore a child with Down syndrome. (The 12 states that publicly finance abortions of babies with Down syndrome have 40% fewer kids with Down syndrome. Fancy that.)