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Down Syndrome

Adoption of Down Syndrome Baby

Kurt Kondrich is the father of a daughter who has Down Syndrome.
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This page will attempt to provide the reader with inspirational stories about families who are affected by Down syndrome and provide resources for those who need them. Further, we need to examine why the abortion culture seems intent on eliminating the victims of Down syndrome rather than improving the lives of those afflicted the condition.

Archbishop Chaput talks about Abortion of Down Syndrome Babies

Community Resources in Northeast PA

St. Joseph's Center, Scranton, PA
St. Joseph's Center has served special needs children and adults since the 1950's. Here is a brief description of some of the services offered at St. Joseph's Center, Scranton, PA.

Residential Services
St. Joseph's is deeply committed to providing the highest quality services to these most vulnerable people who have been entrusted into its care. St. Joseph's Center provides year-round residential programming 24 hours a day by three shifts of staff. Recognizing that achieving one’s maximum potential requires both appropriate treatment and emotional support, St. Joseph's encourages and welcomes family and friends to visit.

Family Support Services were initiated over a quarter of a century ago in order to bridge the gap between the choices of doing it all alone and resorting to out-of-home placement. By offering in-home assistance, St. Joseph's was hoping to alleviate some of the daily stresses very dedicated parents and siblings encountered while caring for a family member who is developmentally delayed.
“My Son Is Perfect,” says Sarah Palin of her Child with Down Syndrome
By Rev. Jack Munley
Alaska Governor and former vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, spoke recently at a pro-life dinner in Evansville, Indiana which was attended by nearly 3,000 people. She criticized President Barack Obama for supporting abortion rights and she challenged the idea that unplanned pregnancies are a nuisance that can be solved by abortion. “Life is ordained. Life is precious,” she said.

GOP National Chairman Michael Steele introduced Mrs. Palin. Steele himself was born of a teenage mom who gave him up for adoption. He described Palin as one of the party’s standard bearers. Palin said the challenges she faced during her pregnancy with her son Trig, who was born with Down Syndrome, provided her with the opportunity to live out her anti-abortion beliefs. She described the many emotions she felt when told by her doctor that her child would have Down Syndrome. Her husband hadn’t even known yet. She was living the idyllic life- Governor of Alaska, she had a supportive and hard-working husband, three wonderful children. What should she do? She said that she prayed often during her pregnancy, especially after knowing her child would have Down Syndrome.

“The moment he was born, I knew that moment that my prayers had been answered,” Palin said. “Trig is a miracle. He is the best thing that ever happened to me and I want other women to have that opportunity.” She challenged the notion that children must be born perfect and that unplanned pregnancies are inconvenient and should be ended by abortion. “I know for sure that my son is perfect just as he is, made in the image of God,” she said. She also implored the crowd to keep working for the “culture of life” in America. We should not give up on that which we feel so strongly about, considering the “culture of death” that the Obama administration is espousing and trying to move forward now.

Palin said women who can’t give birth should have the opportunity to adopt children who otherwise might be aborted. She also mentioned that her own daughter Bristol became pregnant as an unmarried teen, and, as difficult as that was to digest, she has since given birth to a healthy son. Bristol now travels the country speaking to youth about the importance of abstinence, thereby taking the risk away of getting pregnant at such a young age.

Having someone with Sarah Palin’s popularity and stature stump for the unborn should embolden and strengthen us to continue the fight for the unborn with much courage and boldness. Despite the culture of death the Obama administration is pushing forward, we need not give up but continue forward with much prayer and resolve. We may lose some battles along the way, but we will win the war for the unborn in the end!
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Please take time to read the blog Stop Aborting Down Syndrome Infants Now an excellent blog by Kurt Kondrich, the father of a child who has Down syndrome. It contains many interesting artices. Here is Mr. Kondrich's biography and the reason for his blog.

"I am the father of a beautiful daughter who has Down Syndrome, and she has been a priceless Blessing to our family and community. When I became aware of the 90+% abortion rate for children diagnosed with Down Syndrome in the womb, I literally could not sleep at night. In early August 2008 I had a disturbing dream about people with disabilities being exterminated, and it woke me up at 2:15AM. After praying I came up with the name SADSIN (Stop Aborting Down Syndrome Individuals Now). I have since embarked on a mission to make sure people are aware of this genocide. I want people to see the beautiful faces of our kids and realize the priceless Blessings and Gifts they are to a society that has lost focus. Please take time to read my stories, and I would love your feedback."

Will New Down Syndrome Tests Result in More Unborn Children Destroyed?

By Sue Cirba

Biotech companies are soon to be marketing new tests for Down syndrome. The new tests come as disability rights advocates seek funding from Congress for a law passed last year to ensure that couples get accurate information about genetic conditions. They want to provide support for women who decide to keep their affected children or put them up for adoption. In this way they hope to counter America’s current cultural bias against children with disabilities.

The current screening tests consist of a combination of blood tests and ultrasounds. In order to get more conclusive results, women may then undergo either amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS) to confirm a diagnosis of Down syndrome. Amniocentesis can cause miscarriages and some women will not take that risk. Amniocentesis is not usually performed until the second trimester, when some women are less likely to choose abortion. Sequenom claims their new tests are as accurate as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling without the risks and it can be done in the first trimester.

Kurt Kondrich and others in the disability rights community believe these new tests will virtually cause the extinction of children with Down syndrome. Kondirch, the father of Chloe, pictured here, says his wife Margie had no genetic tests done “despite the constant pressure from the medical community”.

Readers should be aware that there is no cure for Down Syndrome, a condition that usually causes some degree of mental retardation and other health issues. If there is no cure for Down syndrome then, what is the purpose of the tests? The comments of one drug company CEO leads one to believe he is interested in making money off the fears of parents who naturally, want to give birth to a healthy child.

Sequenom is one of the companies marketing the new tests. Their chief executive officer, Harry Stylii was quoted in a Washington Post article: "For 50 years, folks have been working to develop a noninvasive genetic test for Down syndrome," said Stylii. "People have described it as the Holy Grail of genetic testing. We are on the cusp of delivering that." In other words, the drug company that develops these tests first will become very rich. Why? The Washington Post article further states, “Doctors recommend that all pregnant women be offered screening for Down syndrome.” In this era of defensive medicine, it is in the physicians’ financial best interest to recommend women take these tests so as to avoid “wrongful birth” lawsuits. Currently, half of pregnant women undergo the tests so the drug companies can expect their market to increase considerably.

Kurt Kondrich is concerned. This father of a Down syndrome child and an advocate for early intervention reports that 90 % of women who take the tests currently available, will abort their children who are thought to have Down syndrome. If all pregnant women take the new tests, then we are likely to see even fewer children with Down Syndrome born.

I contacted Mr. Kondrich after reading his blog, Stop Aborting Down Syndrome Individuals Now at The Kondrich family has a very positive attitude about having a child with Down syndrome. In fact, it changed Kurt Kondrich’s life. After twenty years as a police officer, he took a leap of faith and perused a career in early intervention, working with children with disabilities and their families.

“As a family, we meet with new and expecting parents of Down Syndrome to congratulate them and show them the goodness waiting for them.” Kondrich’s blog is a combination of articles sharing the joy his daughter Chloe brings to her family and friends, and posting articles which expose the bias many in our culture have against people with disabilities.

If you do not believe a cultural bias exists against people with disabilities, consider again the words of CEO Harry Stylli, “For fifty years we have been working to develop noninvasive genetic tests for Down syndrome.” Note, they have been working 50 years NOT to wipe out a disease, but to detect the presence of a child with a handicap. Pro-abortion propaganda such as “every child a wanted child” leads some parents to believe they have a right to abort children who are unwanted for any reason. This has resulted in the abortion deaths of 90% of the prenatal Down syndrome population in recent years. How tragic that a beautiful, innocent child such as Chloe Kondrich in this twisted world, somehow became “the enemy”!

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