As I wrote yesterday, there were parts of Dr. Dorothy Wertz’s chapter, “How Parents of Affected Children View Selective Abortion,” that pointed to horrifying statistics. I have been unable to stop thinking about a few of the worst statistics that I read.
As I have blogged about before, the statistics for aborting children with Down syndrome hover around 90%.
I did not realize that this may actually have been an improvement over previous years. As Dr. Wertz wrote about studies on women who had abortions after getting certain diagnoses:
Most chose abortion for severe mental retardation, death in early childhood, or substantial physical disability. For example, among the first 7000 women receiving prenatal diagnosis under a public health program in New York City, 97 percent of those whose fetuses were diagnosed with Down syndrome and two other disorders with even more severe retardation had abortions, and 100 percent whose fetuses were diagnosed with anencephaly or spina bifida had abortions, regardless of race or income (Benn, et al 1985).
Every baby with anencephaly or spina bifida was aborted in New York City during this study. How can that be?
Dr. Wertz included statistics from other countries as well. In Switzerland, 100% of babies with a chromosome abnormality (which included Down syndrome) were aborted during a study published in 1989. Not one child was even allowed the chance to live.
What more evidence do we need that our Western societies have undertaken a decades-long effort to exterminate whole classes of its citizens?
These are babies God has said he created:
Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?” Exodus 4:11
Were there no Christians at all in New York City or Switzerland when these studies took place? Are we so blind to our own selfishness that we can no longer understand what God has created for his glory he invites us to nurture and protect, with his help and promise to supply all our needs?