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Down Syndrome Man’s Epic Anti-Abortion Speech Before Congress Is More Relevant Than Ever

Special Olympian Frank Stephens somewhat famously testified before Congress in 2017 against aborting Down syndrome fetuses, saying, “I am a man with Down syndrome, and my life is worth living.”

SO WHAT

Democrats’ increasingly extreme abortion advocacy doesn’t stand up well against humanity.

WHAT HAPPENED

THEN: In his October 2017 testimony urging congressional funding of Down syndrome research, Stephens delivered a passionate and personal case against the practice of terminating pregnancies based on positive screenings for the genetic disorder.

“I completely understand that the people pushing this particular ‘final solution’ are saying that people like me should not exist. That view is deeply prejudiced by an outdated idea of life with Down syndrome,” Stephens said.

  • “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. … Is there really no place for us in the world?”
  • “Let’s be America,” he concluded, earning a standing ovation. “Let’s pursue answers, not ‘final solutions.'”

NOW: In response to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, CNN contributor Anna Navarro on Saturday invoked her “special needs” family members to defend her advocacy for abortion.

“I have a family with a lot of special needs kids,” Navarro said, citing a brother who has “the mental and motor skills of a 1 year old,” a Down syndrome step-granddaughter and a “very autistic” step-grandson.

  • Navarro said her family struggled to take care of the disabled members, “financially, emotionally and physically,” and that people “in that community will tell you that they’ve considered suicide.”
  • “I’m Catholic inside the church. I’m Catholic when it comes to me!” Navarro shouted. “But there’s a lot of Americans who are not Catholic and are not Christian and are not Baptist, and you have no damn right to tell them what they should do with their bodies! Nobody does.”

Amid backlash to her comments, including from CNN colleagues, Navarro pivoted during an appearance Monday on ABC’s “The View” to attacking Republican states for not providing more childcare services.

  • “It doesn’t mean that you don’t love your special needs family members,” she said. “But that we know, through first-hand experience, just how difficult it is to beg and plead, for years sometimes, to be able to get some help.”

MEANWHILE

In a widely shared column Saturday — headlined “The End of Roe Is Just the Beginning” — The New York Times’ Ross Douthat argued that abortion opponents must now “persuade the country’s vast disquieted middle.”

  • “They need to show how abortion restrictions are compatible with the goods that abortion advocates accuse them of compromising — the health of the poorest women, the flourishing of their children, the dignity of motherhood even when it comes unexpectedly or amid great difficulty.”
  • While the anti-abortion movement risks alienating “the conflicted middle in the post-Roe world,” Douthat wrote, it may also benefit from the overreach of the “pro-choice side,” which is making “maximalist policy demands” and often evincing an “unhappy, sterile, future-fearing” spirit.”

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