Pro-Life Advocate Kim Ketola: Babies With Down Syndrome Deserve Protection Before Birth
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga.—A federal judge in Ohio last week ruled that a law banning abortions on the basis of Down syndrome is unconstitutional. Ohio Gov. John Kasich had previously signed the measure into law, and it was set to take effect this Friday.
With World Down Syndrome Day set for Wednesday, and with Gerber announcing that, for the first time, the 2018 Gerber Baby is a child with Down syndrome, related news has been making headlines recently.
Earlier this month, pro-life advocate, radio host and author Kim Ketola wrote a commentary for LifeZette.com titled “Babies with Down Syndrome Deserve Protection Before Birth.”
“Disability is somehow part of God’s good plan for us as humans,” Ketola writes. “It is often in and through disabled people that God’s glory shines. In John 9, Jesus said that was the case when He healed a man born blind. Disability and its healing serve God’s good purpose, bringing Him glory among those who witness God’s working in our lives. It may go against our idea of a good and kind God to think that some are intentionally afflicted with disabilities. But God knows their needs, and ours, beyond ways we can understand in our human limitations.”
Ketola pointed to an article in The Washington Post, which declared that “Babies with Down syndrome are put on center stage in the U.S. abortion fight.” The story covered anti-discrimination legislation that is being passed in many states to outlaw abortion after a prenatal diagnosis of the nonfatal disorder, and also cites calling for funding for social services, medical coverage and other support for people with Down syndrome.
“You’d think, in today’s U.S. climate of inclusion and sensitivity to differences, that basic protection for the disabled from state-sanctioned killing would be a no-brainer,” Ketola says. “But you’d be wrong. Abortion advocates argue that saving the disabled from being killed for being disabled is somehow unkind, unless a lifetime of services is also guaranteed by government funding. Mind you, abortion proponents are not working to secure those benefits for anyone. They are simply using that assertion as a pretext for aborting healthy babies.
“Abortion-as-kindness serves as an effective strategy to soothe the conscience of the average person who has no firsthand knowledge of the lives of people with Down syndrome,” she continues. “It plays into ignorant and outdated stereotypes of a less-than-human with no intellectual capacity, consigned to a lifetime of suffering; better to end all that before their birth. Or, maybe as a bystander, you know a family making accommodation for a disabled child, and you see the toll it takes and believe somehow, they’d be better off without that burden. Underneath these attitudes rests a fear of being asked to accept what we may find unacceptable.”
In Ohio, the battle will rage on. In his decision, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black wrote, “Federal law is crystal clear: ‘A State may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before viability.’ Here, Ohio’s new law wrongfully does just that: It violates the right to privacy of every woman in Ohio and is unconstitutional on its face,” reported The Hill.
Ketola’s program, “Cradle My Heart Today” (www.CradleMyHeart.org), provides daily truth and inspiration to choose and defend life through a one-minute radio feature airing on more than 800 stations.
Ketola, an excellent storyteller and award-winning writer and broadcaster, has used her talents, along with her faith and her own abortion experience, to unveil one of the biggest untold stories of our time—the spiritual impact of abortion on the women and men who choose it, as well as the hope available to make a better choice.
Read more about “Cradle My Heart” and listen to a radio sample here…