Down Syndrome – a curse or a blessing?

yaThis is Yulissa Arescurenaga. She has Down Syndrome and she is an accredited Zumba instructor.

Using information gathered from all member registries of the European Surveillance of Congenital Abnormalities, from 2008 to 2012, “…there were 4,288 live births of children with Down Syndrome (DS), 231 natural fetal deaths, and 5,215 terminations. DS live births as a percentage of total diagnosed pregnancies was 44%. Fifty-three percent of all pregnancies were aborted following prenatal diagnosis…”

In the United States, we have no such data collection.

But according to a 2004-2006 study of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA), “…abortion after prenatal diagnosis has reduced the population of individuals living with DS in the U.S. by approximately 30%.”

These kids for me are not mere statistic. I work with them, every week, sometimes almost every day. They are people. As a matter of fact, they are some of the most lovable and loving human beings I have ever met in my life. A country that does not consider an unborn child as “life” and as a human being with constitutional rights cannot be a progressive country.

You can watch Yulissa’s work routine here: Yulissa work

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About Natalia Love

Disciple of Jesus Christ. Simply a simple loving woman. "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matthew 11:28-29) View all posts by Natalia Love

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