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. Nydailynews.com 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.
Posted on March 14, 2012, in Christianity, Culture, Life, Theology and tagged abortion, Christianity, Culture, Down syndrome, life, reformed theology, theology, truth. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.