Kirsters Baish| This past Wednesday on Capitol Hill, a man with Down Syndrome went in front of Congress to deliver one of the most powerful testimonies they will see in their lifetimes. There were five simple words that he said which perfectly summed up his touching message.
Frank Stephens stood in front of Congress and proclaimed, “My life is worth living.” Stephens is a known advocate at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. He explained his message to the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Committee on Appropriations.
The speech Stephens delivered in front of Congress came shortly after CBS News published an article suggesting that Iceland had almost completely eliminated Down Syndrome. In reality, this is far from the truth. All they have done is decided to abort babies who have been diagnosed with the developmental disorder.
The CBS story wrote that around 80 to 85 percent of pregnant women in Iceland take a test for Down Syndrome during their pregnancies. Almost 100 percent of those who test positive decide to abort the baby and terminate the pregnancy.
The advocate for those with the disorder explained details about the way the world sees those with Down Syndrome. He told the lawmakers, “I completely understand that the people pushing this particular ‘final solution’ are saying that people like me should not exist.”
He is hoping to stop the amount of Down Syndrome-related abortions in the United States. Stephens begged Congress to increase funding for medical research of Down Syndrome. He went on to explain that this kind of research could help forge breakthroughs about “cancer, Alzheimer’s, and immune system disorders” as well.
He urged, “Help us make this difference. Let’s be America, not Iceland or Denmark. Let’s pursue answers, not ‘final solutions.’ Let’s be America. Let’s make our goal to be Alzheimer’s free, not Down Syndrome free.”
This powerful message has touched the hearts of Americans. Stephens has an important point. Many of those who have the developmental disorder function as working members of society. Aborting a baby simply because they test positive for Down Syndrome isn’t exactly fair.
In the beginning of his speech, the young man told Congressional legislators that those who are pro-abortion have a “deeply prejudiced” view of how those with Down Syndrome live life. He explained that he has a “great life.” He even joked, “I have been to the White House twice, and I didn’t have to jump the fence either time.”
He went on to explain, “I don’t feel I should have to justify my existence.” He stated that people who “question the value” of anyone with Down Syndrome don’t seem to understand “we are an unusually powerful source of happiness.”
Stephens explained to Congress that by aborting babies with Down Syndrome to eliminate the disorder, “we are giving the world a chance to think about the ethics of choosing which humans get a chance at life. Is there really no place for us in the world?”
You can view Stephens’s touching speech in the video below: