(by Eloi Abanador, SFL Singapore)
Many parents say, “We don’t care if it is a boy or a girl, as long as the baby is healthy?” But what happens if the baby is not healthy? Is it still worth having a child diagnosed with special needs?
The battle has been engaged for the future lives of children with special needs! Children with Down syndrome are the primary targets of abortion due to the availability of pre-natal testing. It is alarming to know that even the parents who are supposed to protect the lives of the unborn babies are trapped with the prevailing culture of death. Mothers who received the diagnosis that their unborn baby have Down Syndrome shared that they experienced extreme pressure to abort their babies from their medical providers based on the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s March 2005 study. An average of 90% of Down Syndrome babies are being aborted today! Eileen Haupt states, “If only a mother expecting a special needs child could know who her child is. If only she could feel the joy and the love that she will feel for her baby if she welcomes her into the world. If only she knew, she would never abort.”
Pope Benedict XVI said that “Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary.” As Catholics, we strongly should acknowledge the inherent worth of every person created by God. We have different roles to play in fighting for life especially for those who cannot speak for themselves. If only Catholics will all unite in defending life, then the culture of life will be surely restored.
On a personal note, I choose to defend the lives of the future diagnosed unborn babies with special needs. As a Special Education teacher, I was able to witness a glimpse of what the parents of children with special needs are experiencing – great and rewarding joy beyond compare!
I honor the parents of children with special needs for CHOOSING LIFE. I pray that parents who are considering to abort their unborn special needs baby would see the beauty of LIFE that they can share to all of us. This is my own version of “10 Things in life that I learned from Children with Special Needs“:
- All things in life are blessings, no matter how simple they are.
- There is no room for insecurities and self-pity because we are all special and unique in the eyes of God!
- Showing weaknesses is an opportunity to receive love and care from others.
- Do not be discouraged from experiencing any failures as there are still opportunities to try again and again because you are ALIVE!
- Life is beautiful and full of joy. Be a source of inspiration and miracle to others.
- Never miss any opportunity to touch the lives of your family and the world around you.
- The pure innocence that each child possesses, that comes from God alone, will help lead you away from sin.
- Trust in God despite the struggles, sufferings and even condemnation.
- Be an angel in disguise here on earth by radiating the image of God to others.
- Life here on earth is only temporal. Our true home is in heaven where we truly belong.
We commemorate the “Feast of Annunciation” on March 25. This is the moment when God became man in the womb of a virgin in Nazareth in the most awesome event in history. I believe that Mother Mary will be our ultimate intercessor as we fight against the attack of prenatal life! Thank you Mother Mary for teaching us that conception is the beginning of every human life. Our Lady of Annunciation, please intercede for all the unborn babies.