Mother of child with down syndrome: “No life is in vain.”

The mother of a child with down syndrome wrote:

“I… gave birth to a severely retarded child. Even though I would not have chosen Joey 12 years ago today, today I love him as my special son… If we chose only that which appeared important or undemanding, I doubt if much would be accomplished or much love would be radiated in our lives. If not for my retarded son, I would not be defending the handicapped. Perhaps that’s his purpose for life. I don’t believe any life, regardless of its potential, is in vain. Most handicapped persons don’t have a problem of being handicapped; their problem is society’s acceptance of them and their handicap…”

Quoted in Randall J Hekman Justice for the Unborn (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Servant Books, 1984) 55 – 56

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. She is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life.
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