Please take a moment to read and watch the video.
Our friend Brandon, a teenager with Mosaic Trisomy 18 responds to comments made recently by Richard Dawkins stating his belief that all Downs Syndrome babies should be terminated to avoid suffering.
Here is some background on the comments that Brandon is referring to:
This taken from Lifesite News: http://www.lifenews.com/2014/08/27/why-is-richard-dawkins-in-favor-of-abortion-when-a-baby-has-down-syndrome/
My point of view as the mother of a beautiful 14 year old girl with full Trisomy 18:
Mr Dawkins have you any idea the purpose of life? Life is intended for spiritual beings to experience a full human existence. Suffering is a part of that, but so are Joy and Love and Happiness. Using Dawkins gauge for measuring the value of human life, terminating my daughter Krissy (who has full trisomy 18) would have been a given. Has she experienced pain, of course. Has she suffered? Absolutely not! Does her spirit fill the room and shine her beauty and love on all who are around her? Absolutely.
It is my belief that our beautiful Trisomy children choose to come here and experience life from a different perspective. I also believe that our kids choose their family as well in order to help them fulfill their life purpose. I’m sad for families who, based on comments like yours and even “advice” from their doctors about the horrors of raising a special needs child, make the decision to terminate. Whether it is the “norm” as you say or not does not make it right nor does it bring less suffering, just a different kind of suffering.
Is life with a “medically complex” child easy? Well, no. Is life supposed to be easy? Of course not. Life is about growth and discovery and human experience. Human experience involves all human senses and feelings. Is life about avoiding suffering? No, life is about experiencing.
Who are you to determine the value of another person? Who are you to decide who should be allowed to experience this incredible thing we call life? Who are you to say that it is acceptable to take another’s life?