MYTH: “Most abortions are wrong, but they should be allowed in cases of abnormal fetus.”
- People with disabilities are human beings, enjoying full human dignity and the same right to exist as the rest of us.
--Families who are expecting a handicapped child need support, not an abortion! Studies indicate that women who abort for genetic reasons have a high incidence of suffering grief, guilt, shame, and depression. The actual incidence of of depression following “selective abortion” for genetic reasons may be as high as 92 percent for mothers and 82 percent for fathers among those studied. (The Post-Abortion Review, July-Sept. 2003, Elliot Institute, link)
- -There are lists of families willing to adopt babies with any serious medical condition including spina bifida and down syndrome.
- -The belief that society is better off without the “genetically inferior” was the credo of Nazi Germany, where thousands of people were exterminated solely because they had disabilities.
- -There are numerous support groups for families with special needs children, among them CHASK (Christian Homes and Special Kids) and NATHHAN (National Challenged Homeschoolers Associated Network); NATHHAN also provides a list of further resources (link)
DON’T BUY THE LIE!
Essential Pro-Life Resources:
Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments (link)
The Elliot Institute (link)