Pro-life supporters argue Down syndrome is not something to be eliminated. First and foremost, we're talking about people. There's nothing inferior or worse about them—they're just people. The drive to prevent suffering is noble but aborting babies with birth defects or chromosomal abnormalities is absolutely the wrong decision.
We should not be eliminating people we think are "unfit" for society. That's eugenics.
Jerome Lejeune, the French geneticist who discovered the chromosomal basis for Down syndrome, once offered this perspective: 'It cannot be denied that the price of these diseases is high — in suffering for the individual and in burdens for society. Not to mention what parents suffer! But we can assign a value to that price: It is precisely what a society must pay to remain fully human.'
Parents who choose to terminate pregnancies because of chromosomal abnormalities say they're doing so to prevent their child from enduring a life of suffering. There are plenty of stories where people with Down syndrome do well. These are the stories highlighted by abortion opponents and activists. But there are also stories of parents who deeply struggle with providing and caring for their child. Will the pro-life activists help these parents with the cost of physical therapy, treatments, and specialized long-term care?
We don't look at abortion as a murder. We look at it as a thing that we ended. We ended a possible life that may have had a huge complication... preventing suffering for the child and for the family. And I think that is more right than seeing it as a murder -- that's so black and white. Life isn't black and white. Life is grey.