Today is World Down Syndrome day, and I think it should be a celebration. A celebration of life, joy and happiness. I had a friend growing up who had down syndrome; his name was Timmy and he was the sweetest kid in our class. Timmy always had a smile and a hug for everyone. Recently my pastor and his wife had a baby, a sweet little girl named Jane who is also a down syndrome baby. This little girl is so happy and sweet, a true joy to her parents and everyone she meets. It’s staggering to realize that by today’s standards, these sweet people truly beat the odds to just be born. Studies show that about 92% of pregnancies in the United Kingdom and Europe with a diagnosis of Down syndrome are terminated. These lives just get snuffed out before they can begin. So I say today is a celebration. A day to recognize that life is worth living and protecting because it’s beautiful. And everyone should get the chance to experience it.
Cheers to life.