At a time when many throughout the world are preparing to celebrate the birth of their Savior, it came as an even bigger jolt to read this headline in The Reporter, a UK newspaper: Compulsory abortion for Down’s syndrome foetuses, says UKIP Kent candidate.
His ideas, published on his website, state: “Consider compulsory abortion when the foetus is detected as having Downs, Spina Bifida or similar syndrome which, if it is born, will render the child a burden on the state as well as on the family.”
A burden? Parker may be many things, but a burden isn’t one of them. An inspiration. A teacher. A source of joy. A mini tornado. But never, ever a burden.
In the spirit of goodwill, instead of following the lead of those who left comments on this article, I’d like to give thanks to those who stand up for Parker, those who pray for him and pledge their support against the use of the r-word. Your example helps to give my child the opportunity to find acceptance in a world where those hoping to be elected make their stand on the lives of unborn children.
I truly believe that one person can make a difference. And when we then band together in good causes we can change the world for those with special needs.
Good triumphing over evil. That’s my dream for the new year.