Women Do Not Need The Right To Commit Genocide
A Response to “I would’ve aborted a fetus with Down syndrome. Women need that right.”
By Ruth Marcus
by Anna Bohach
When I was 36 years old I found out I was pregnant with my fourth child. My family and I were over joyed with the news that a new baby was on it’s way. My joy was soon stolen from me when I went for my first doctor visit and was told I should be sure to have full genetic testing done to make sure my baby did not have Down Syndrome due to my “Advanced Maternal Age.” I was told Down Syndrome is not a life I want to choose for my baby. I declined the test in no uncertain terms, my baby is not disposable.
As my pregnancy progressed, the doctors I was seeing were very alarmed I did not want genetic testing and would push the testing on me at every appointment. When I had my 20-week ultrasound we were beyond excited to learn we were having a boy to even out our family, two boys and two girls, perfect.
The next day the doctor called and told me I needed to see a maternal fetal medicine specialist right away because my baby had a marker for Down Syndrome. I called the specialist’s office and was told that I needed to come in as soon as possible because I would not be able to abort my baby if I waited too long…
That was like a knife to my heart. My baby. My little baby. My son. He was not perfect so they told me he was disposable. They told me he was nothing but a piece of trash to be discarded. That was the most damaging and horrifying thing anyone has ever said me. Throw him away, that is not the baby you want. You want a perfect baby not a disabled baby who will be a burden on you and your family.
I immediately changed doctors.
You see aborting a baby with Down Syndrome is not a choice when every medical professional you see recommends killing your child because it is a defective waste of flesh. And then you add in the opinions of women like Ruth Marcus who write things like “The new Gerber baby with Down Syndrome is awfully cute.” But. “That was not the child I wanted. That was not the choice I would have made.” She might as well have called her article “Nobody Wants a Retarded Baby.”
It is no wonder so many babies with Down Syndrome are aborted when this narrative is pushed on women. What does it say about our society when we treat the least among us as disposable? Why is it okay to actively call for the genocide of group of people if they have Down Syndrome? What is next? Will we abort babies who are determined to be autistic? Or have ADHD? Or Gay? Or black? Or a Jew? And why stop at just abortion before birth because that is the next logical step. What if your defective baby was not picked up with the testing? I mean why not kill them after they are born? After all they are not perfect and they are certainly not the child you wanted? Your baby is still dependent on you to survive, so ‘my body, my choice’ right? And if you don’t want to care for your baby, the government shouldn’t have to, so lets just kill him. We have to have the perfect “Master Race” right? That was tried once before, let us not embrace evil by repeating history.
A baby with Down Syndrome is a human being. My beautiful son is a human being. He is not burden. He is my Heart. He is the apple of my eye. He makes everyone he meets smile. He makes me, our family, our community, and our world a better place just because he exists.
My son is Charles Istvan Bohach and he has a right to life. If you are reading this, and are pregnant with a DS baby, your baby has the right to live as well. Your baby will change your life and you will never regret it.
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