Mommy and Daddy Love You…Unless You have Down Syndrome

The other day I “re-blogged” a post about the “wrongful birth lawsuit” in Oregon. Well, the lawsuit is over and the parents won. Not only did they win but they were awarded a lot of money. wrote this about it:

A Portland, Ore. couple was awarded $2.9 million on Friday for the care of their Down syndrome baby, who they argue would not have been born if doctors had not been “negligent” in their pre-natal care.

All of us can sympathize with any family that has a child with a developmental disability (DD). Having a child with DD is certainly not easy. It takes a lot of time and money to raise a ‘normal’ child, much more, a child with DD. I work with clients that have many different types of disabilities and many parents are still torn up about their child being mentally challenged. However, what I have found is that every parent loves their child and would do anything for them. I have never met a parent that regrets bringing their child into the world. But the parents in this lawsuit obviously do.

Their whole case is that if they knew that their baby would have Down syndrome they would have aborted her. Now I think we can all see that the Levy’s are not only looking out for their, now four-year old, girl. They looked for a huge pay-day and got it. But beyond that what message does this send to their child? Doesn’t this show that, in their eyes, their young girl doesn’t have the same worth as you or I?

At the end of the case this really boils down to the value of human life. Do we, as humans, have value? The obvious answer is yes. However, these types of cases only show us the depraved mindset of human beings. We are quick to give ourselves value but when it comes to a baby that has Down syndrome he/she doesn’t have the same value as you or I. The United States is sprinting down the same path that Europe has carved out. It is a path of destruction and a path that devalues human life. The Christian Post spoke with Dr. Jeff Myers and this is what he had to say about this case:

For Myers, this is a big ethical issue, and one Christians need to get better at defending. ‘If I don’t communicate [that a person is a human],’ Myers said, ‘then I am ceding the right to make an argument about whether or not children should have value after birth.’

I couldn’t agree more with Dr. Myers statements. This case isn’t about the “wrongful birth” of a baby with Down syndrome. This case is about the value of human life. Children, no matter who they are, have worth because they are created in the image of God. When we, as Christians, fail to see the intrinsic worth of people we fail to see humans for what they are…creatures made with God’s image stamped on them. No matter what disability someone has they are still made in God’s image. In Israel god took the matter of life very seriously as we see in Geneis 9:6:

Whoever sheds human blood,

by other humans

must his blood be shed;

for in God’s image

God has made humankind. -NET

God’s penalty for shedding the blood of man was harsh because humans have the greatest attribute out of all God has created. That attribute is what gives every human being value. That attribute is the image of God.

I know many people with DD. They do have many struggles but they also tend to be the most compassionate and inspiring people I know. This young girl is made in the image of God and I pray that her parents come to that realization. It is time for Christians to stand up for life. It is time to use our voices to encourage dialogue. It is time to rise up and defend the right to life for every human being.

Thanks for reading.


About Travis Berry

I am a blatantly honest person who loves to think, read, discuss, and write about God and theology. I have a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry from Crown College. I work at a church in Houston, TX as a Youth Director and love every minute of it! I am married to a wonderful woman named Becky and we have one amazing child! I have a love for God's Word, and a fervor to live it out in the fullest, and I pray this blog reflects that. Thanks for checking out AnotherChristianBlog!.

Posted on March 14, 2012, in Christianity, Culture, Life, Theology and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Amen my brother from another mother! OttO

  2. As a christian should you really be judging other people? when a woman is pregnant they have the option to have the baby tested for down syndrome. If these people decided to have the test done and the doctors failed to perform the testing right the hospital needs to be held responsible. Who are we to say the parents do not love their child. The child is 4 years old now, they did not have to raise her she could have been placed for adoption or put into foster care. Yes they’ve said if they would have known the baby had down syndrome, they would have chosen to abort. Perhaps the parents weren’t equiped financially or emotionally to provide the type of care their child needs. I can understand them being shocked and scared when the baby was born. 10 years ago when my daughter was born all the prenatal care I had never detected the birth defect she was born with. I was only 19 at the time. I would have been more at ease if I was made aware of the issue before I gave birth. I do not begrudge the parents for wanting money. I’m glad for them, they can concentrate on their childs care without having to worry how they’re going to pay for it.

    • Mindy,

      Did you read the quote from the news article? Essentially, the parents were suing because if they had known their child had down syndrome they would have aborted it. The point of the post is not to judge the parents. The post was to highlight that the baby would have been aborted if they had known their child had down syndrome. The purpose of my post is to show that human beings have value because they are created in the image of God. You didn’t address this point in your comment which suggests that you were focused more on what you didn’t agree with. This would hint to me that your accusation of judging isn’t warranted.

      With that said, I appreciate your comments and thanks for reading.


  3. Thank you for this article. I believe, because it is very apparent in scripture, that I will be and our nation will be, held accountable for how we treat the most vulnerable among us…as in Matt. 25:31-46.

    We seem to have the mindset (especially during this election) that the government and the people are seperate. We’ve forgotten, as in the quote that says that government is of the people, by the people and for the people…that we are the government, or should be. I think God sees it that way…again, as in Matt. 25.

    This is why we cannot make a law against abortion and then walk away from those babies after they are born, as well as their caretakers…as some may very well need help to care for the children. Truly Pro-life means to care for a child’s life, not just their birth….otherwise , it is not pro-life…as life needs basic things to stay alive.

    Thought I’d give my 2c….
    Bless you!

    • Thanks for the comment Jenny. Yes, if we are truly pro-life that means that we need to be consistent. So, if we advocate that a baby with down’s syndrome is just as human as you or I, and deserves to live, then we should also advocate for proper care for that child.

      Thanks for reading,


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