The world seems to be changing lately, granted change in inevitable, but some of the changes seem to be for the worse and not the better. We all seem to have this need to be in control of every aspect of our lives, but in reality, we don’t control much of it.
Yes, we can say where we will or won’t go, what place to eat, but when it comes to life and death, that is out of our hands.
Lately there has been so much talk about abortions, whether it’s right, or wrong, and what justifies the reasons for it. Some are saying, “it’s the woman’s right to choose.” as a woman myself, I don’t believe I have or should have, the power to play God. Every life is a precious gift. Even children born with disabilities, they’re all precious parts of this great big world we live in.
People are scared of what they don’t understand, or scared of what may or may not happen, but that’s no reason to end a life before it has even fully begun.
Actor Ashton Kutcher has been an advocate against ‘Human Trafficking’ and he has been fighting to make a difference in this world, for everyone. Kutcher took to his Facebook page to share a powerful pro-life video of Special Olympian and actor Frank Stephens speaking before Congress in 2017 about just how much of an impact this subject truly makes.
You see, Stephens was born with Down syndrome, he talks about the dangerous trend of mothers aborting their babies when prenatal screenings come back positive for the disability, and talked about the need to fund more research into Down syndrome. He himself is a living example that this is not something horrible, and a child born with Down Syndrome can still function normally and do great things in this life, just as anyone else can.
Stephens started his testimony to Congress by saying: “I am not a research scientist. However, no one knows more about life with Down syndrome than I do. Whatever you learn today, please remember this, I am a man with Down syndrome and my life is worth living.”
He then went on:
“Sadly, across the world, a notion is being sold that maybe we don’t need research concerning Down syndrome. Some people say prenatal screens will identify Down syndrome in the womb and those pregnancies will just be terminated,” he continued, visibly upset. “It’s hard for me to sit here and say those words.”
Stephens then with sadness, went on to justify why he, and others with Down syndrome, deserve to exist. Now how terribly is it, when we live in a world, where a man has to justify being alive, and justify why he and others like him should be alive. Despite differences, they all deserve life.
He carried on saying:
“I don’t feel I should have to justify my existence, but to those who question the value of people with Down syndrome, I would make three points: First, we are a medical gift to society, a blueprint for medical research into cancer, Alzheimer’s, and immune system disorders. Second, we are an unusually powerful source of happiness: a Harvard-based study has discovered that people with Down syndrome, as well as their parents and siblings, are happier than society at large. Surely happiness is worth something? Finally, we are the canary in the eugenics coal mine. We are giving the world a chance to think about the ethics of choosing which humans get a chance at life.”
As you can imagine, this was met with comments from people on both sides, some praising this, and others making comments stating reasons why they should have the right to choose. I understand for some, if the need arises, and it’s life or death, that choices have to be made. But, a child with Downs Syndrome isn’t life or death, and you can choose to find a loving adoptive family that would take the child and love them just as their own. There are other options where this case is concerned.
One lady was so angry, she posted to Kutcher’s Facebook:
“The idea that a woman should have to be forced to take care of a child she may not be mentally, emotionally, physically, or financially equipped for is just asinine,”
There were also those who supported the post, like this lady who said:
“Doctors told me my son had down syndrome when I was carrying him, and I worried my entire pregnancy. My son was born a healthy baby and did not have down syndrome. In my experience Doctors are NOT always correct. I would have loved him the same either way!”
It’s nice to see someone in Hollywood standing up for what they believe in, which isn’t an easy thing to do when the entire world is watching you. That takes guts. Way to go Mr. Kutcher.
Watch the amazing speech by Mr. Stephens by clicking the video below.