Today is World Down Syndrome Day! The purpose of World Down Syndrome Day to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. It is part of our pro-life message to show that all humans have equal dignity and value – no matter how many chromosomes they have.
Recently in America the number of people with Down Syndrome have fallen drastically. However, this is not because of a lack of babies with Down Syndrome, an astounding “92 percent of all women who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome choose to terminate their pregnancies,” according to research reviewed by Dr. Brian Skotko. This is heartbreaking as people with Down Syndrome bring so much joy to the world and teach people so much about life.
In recent research presented on MSNBC.com: A collection of three different surveys conducted by doctors at Children’s Hospital in Boston suggest the reality of Down syndrome has been a positive for a vast majority of parents, siblings and people with Down syndrome themselves. Read about the inspiring studies here.
Watch this beautiful video about the joy that children with Down Syndrome bring to their parents!
In order to recognize our Students for Life groups that are going above and beyond to help Pregnant and Parenting Students on their campus and to inspire other groups we will be recognizing a Pregnant on Campus group of the month.
Our Pregnant on Campus Group for the Month for March is University of Michigan’s Students For Life. Last month they held a successful fundraising gala for their Pregnant on Campus efforts that raised over 2,500 dollars. They also launched an aggressive advertising campaign to make sure students are aware of what is available to them through taking out 30 bus signs and a two week long tabling blitz in their student union. They managed to also acquire donations including: gift cards, monetary donations and baby items through tabling and advertising in church bulletins. Through these advertising efforts they were able to connect with many pregnant and parenting students on campus and are creating parenting support group on campus. They are planning to offer on-call babysitting and help with grocery shopping, among other things. Their Fundraising Committee is currently petitioning their University about the abortion provision in their health plan. In April, they will also be a hosting a Pregnancy Resource Forum in their community by inviting the University Health Center, U-M Hospital, Arbor Vitae (CPC), Catholic Social Services (adoption services), Family Life Services (CPC) and Students with Children (U-M organization), among a few others at the end of March. They will also be acquiring information from all of the organizations who will be at the forum to compile a resource handbook for pregnant students to hand out at student orientation. Check out their new website here.
In response to Cecile Richard’s (President of Planned Parenthood) video asking women to participate in the “I Have a Say” campaign that was started by the Coalition to Protect Women’s Health Care, Father John Hollowell recorded his response – check it out below! Although neither pregnant on Campus or Students for Life is affiliated with the Catholic Church or any religious institution, this priest has a great, universal, pro-life message to Planned Parenthood.