I am often found stumping for the rights of the down syndrome child and the parents of these special children. Maybe we need to put down syndrome people on the endangered species list?
This from today’s New York Times — “Prenatal Test Puts Down Syndrome in Hard Focus” This statistic, “About 90 percent of pregnant women who are given a Down syndrome diagnosis have chosen to have an abortion.” has parents of down syndrome organizing to tell people that raising a special needs child is not the end of the world, and can and often times is full of joy and delight.
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.