By Anne Fox, president of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Mothers’ Day is coming this weekend, followed soon by Fathers’ Day.
Whenever I see Billy in church or hear from her godfather how our 2013 Walk Baby, Julia, is doing, I think of the joy people with Down syndrome bring to the world. In our society, where it is the norm to abort these babies, parents have no idea what love will be missing from their lives forever.
This letter, reprinted in the National Right to Life News online, from a father to his daughter, who has Down Syndrome, on her wedding day is a gem! He writes, in part:
“Dear Jillian, I don’t know what the odds are of a woman born with Down syndrome marrying the love of her life. I only know you’ve beaten them … What we couldn’t do was make other kids like you. Accept you, befriend you, stand with you in the vital social arena. We thought, “What’s a kid’s life if it isn’t filled with sleepovers and birthday parties and dates to the prom?” I worried about you then. I cried deep inside on the night when you were 12 and you came downstairs to declare “I don’t have any friends.” You’re a natural when it comes to socializing. They called you The Mayor in elementary school, for your ability to engage everyone. You danced on the junior varsity dance team in high school. You spent four years attending college classes and made lifelong impressions on everyone you met. Do you remember all the stuff they said you’d never do, Jills? You wouldn’t ride a two-wheeler or play sports. You wouldn’t go to college. You certainly wouldn’t get married. Now … look at you. You’re the nicest person I know. Someone who is able to live a life of empathy and sympathy and without agendas or guile, is someone we all want to know. … A decade ago, when a young man walked to our door wearing a suit and bearing a corsage made of cymbidium orchids said, “I’m here to take your daughter to the homecoming, sir,” every fear I ever had about your life being incomplete vanished. Now, you and Ryan are taking a different walk together.”
Read the rest at NRL News Today.