Actor Ashton Kutcher posted a video related to abortion on Facebook and it instantly went viral.
Abortion has been a hot topic this past week with many lawmakers reviewing and signing new legislation to allow late term and up until pregnancy abortions.
According to The Blaze, The video was testimony from actor and Special Olympian Frank Stephens before Congress in 2017 where he defeated the notion that babies with Down Syndrome should be aborted by forcing those listening to acknowledge his right to life.
“Whatever you learn today, please remember this,” said Stephens in his testimony, “I am a man with Down Syndrome and my life is worth living.”
“Sadly, across the world, a notion is being sold that maybe we don’t need research concerning Down Syndrome,” he explained. “Some people say prenatal screens will identify Down Syndrome in the womb and those pregnancies will just be terminated.”
“It’s hard for me to sit here and say those words,” he added.
Stephens talked about the full and very satisfying lives people with down syndrome live and talked about how his condition helps doctors with other conditions and diseases.
“First, we are a medical gift to society,” Stephens explained, “a blueprint for medical research into cancer, Alzheimers, and immune system disorders. Second, we are an unusually powerful source of happiness: a Harvard-based study has discovered that people with Down Syndrome, as well as their parents and siblings, are happier than society at large. Surely happiness is worth something? Finally, we are the canary in the eugenics coal mine. We are giving the world a chance to think about the ethics of choosing which humans get a chance at life.”
“This man gave powerful speech on Down Syndrome,” and added simply, “Everyone’s life is valuable.” Kutcher’s post said.
Comments on Kutcher’s video were just as powerful, Erich Irlinger Wrote:
My mom was given the choice to abort me because the doctors told her that I was going to have something wrong with me, I’d be challenged in life. I’m not sure if it was downs or autism, but I’m a mechatronics engineering graduate in May 2019… I don’tthink the doctors were right. Imagine all the doctors, lawyers, engineers of the future being nonexistent because of the doctors getting it wrong like they did my mom. I wouldn’t have been here if my mom didn’t believe in caring and loving her child no matter what. I feel blessed for living the life I have because I could’ve not been here today.