Down Syndrome Babies—Here to Teach Us Tenderness

We snuff out their tiny, prophetic voices at our own peril.

They are possibly the last barrier against a society-wide breakdown into generalized violence.

Full potential: Emory University's Down Syndrome Center — Showing what a child with an extra chromosome can do

FULL POTENTIAL: Emory University’s Down Syndrome Center — Showing what a child with an extra chromosome can do

Fr. Mitch Pacwa, speaking to Presentation Parish “On Redemptive Suffering”, remarked that “Down Syndrome babies are here to teach us tenderness”. Societies that protect the most innocent are moving towards greater compassion.

But young people in America today know that they may have brothers and sisters who were killed before they were ever born, and that it could have been them. How does that knowledge affect their understanding that life is precious?

Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, American society has become increasingly vicious in attitude and action, against the unborn, the elderly, the disabled, defenseless school-children and now, with the popularity of the sucker-punching “knockout game”, in random, senseless attacks against total strangers.

Did this increase in violence across the board just arise spontaneously, without precedent, or did our treatment of the most vulnerable portend it?

When protection of innocent life in the womb was first under open attack in the late 1960s, specious excuses were made that “abortion will reduce child abuse against ‘unwanted’ babies”.

Abortion was supposed to reduce child abuse against "unwanted" babies

Abortion was supposed to reduce child abuse against “unwanted” babies
John Willke, MD, Abortion: Questions & Answers—Why Can’t We Love Them Both?

When I was 3 years old I saw my mom on TV. She was speaking to a man about how she killed her baby and regretted it. As she told her story and how she became a pro-life speaker, I watched and listened. My grandma didn’t think I was old enough to understand. When my mom picked me up that night I asked her why she killed my brother or sister and why she didn’t kill me. My mom said she was in shock that her 3-year-old would ask these questions. She answered them the best she could for me, and as I got older I learned more. — Three-Year-Old Sister of Aborted Baby: "Mom, Why Didn’t You Kill Me Too?"
More than 85% of children in utero diagnosed with Down Syndrome today are subsequently aborted.

Every Life Counts (Ireland) An outreach for parents This online outreach is a place where parents of children who were diagnosed with a terminal condition can share their memories, their joy, their pain, and their love. It's a place where the lives of our much-loved children are celebrated, and where we can reach out to parents in similar situations. Every Life Counts aims to be a valuable resource and source of hope for families and their children who, above all else, seek the gift of time. Where children are acknowledged Children who lives are shortened are no less precious than any other child. In fact, many parents say they are the most special children of all. They deserve to be loved and celebrated - and they are worthy of protection.

Every Life Counts (Ireland)
An outreach where parents of children who were diagnosed with a terminal condition can share their memories, their joy, their pain, and their love.

These little saints, capable of returning our love but incapable of personal sin, were sent here by God to teach us to love one another!

Those who are killed before birth will be rewarded by God as if they had fulfilled their mission to teach us tenderness for one another.

(They can still intercede for us, if we will just ask them.)

  But our country and our world will miss this vital lesson  
  they were specially sent to teach us.  
  We disregard their gentle witness at our own peril.  

Then I watched while the Lamb broke open the first of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures cry out in a voice like thunder, “Come forward.” I looked, and there was a white horse, and its rider had a bow. He was given a crown, and he rode forth victorious to further his victories. When he broke open the second seal, I heard the second living creature cry out, “Come forward.” Another horse came out, a red one. Its rider was given power to take peace away from the earth, so that people would slaughter one another. And he was given a huge sword. – Revelation 6:1-4

When he broke open the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered because of the witness they bore to the word of God. They cried out in a loud voice, “How long will it be, holy and true master, before you sit in judgment and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth?” Each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to be patient a little while longer until the number was filled of their fellow servants and brothers who were going to be killed as they had been. – Revelation 6:9-11


See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of My heavenly Father.Matthew 18:10

 Most victims of violence know the perpetrator, or have some purposeful connection such as the context of an altercation or a robbery. This latest, mass movement of random, senseless, violence-as-entertainment presents a new low in societal decay—the slope has slipped, the frog is fried. This development, (“the knockout game“), as a continuation of the degradation of human rights over the last half-century, should serve as a disturbing portent suggesting that a society-wide, general breakdown in personal and public safety is imminent–directly attributable to mistreatment of the most vulnerable among us. (Return ↑)