Equal Rights for Downs Syndrome Babies
Blogged by James Preece on 19th June 2012
This is Hull legend Amy Hopkin lighting the cauldron with the Olympic flame yesterday after carrying the torch for the final leg of it's route through Kingston Upon Hull...
[Image source: Thisishull.co.uk]
AMY IS 30 WITH DOWN SYNDROME,SHE IS THE RETIRED BRITISH CHAMPION ON BARS-HER PARENTS WERE TOLD SHE WOULDN'T WALK OR TALK PROPERLY-AMY HAS SO MANY MEDALS HER DAD HAD TO MAKE SPECIAL HOOKS FOR THEM! SHES A CREDIT AND INSPIRATION TO HER FAMILY AND ALL THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW AND ADMIRE THE DETERMINED WAY SHE DECIDED SHE WAS GOING TO DO GYMNASTICS WHATEVER ANYONE ELSE SAID-SHE LOVES COMPETION AND THE SOCIAL ASPECT OF HER SPORT-AND WOULD LOVE TO CARRY THIS VERY SPECIAL SYMBOL SPORT THERBY SHOWING THAT NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE ELSE THINKS THE SPIRIT OF THE OLYMPICS IS FOR AND ABOUT EVERYONE - JUST LIKE AMY!!
I'm sorry to say that the Olympics cannot be for everyone as long as it remains legal in the United Kingdom to kill a child up to the moment of birth simply because they have Downs Syndrome.
When each of my "normal" children had been in the womb for 24 weeks, they were considered a person and it became illegal to kill them - but a Downs Syndrome baby can be legally killed right up to the moment of birth because the law does not give babies with Downs Syndrome equal rights.
Two hundred years ago Hull MP William Wilberforce campaigned for the abolition of the slave trade. Most people in Hull have grown up visiting his home and learning to see that all human beings have equal value.
We cheer Amy Hopkin as she carries the Olympic Torch, but about a future Amy Hopkins who is being carried in her mother's womb today?
Who will cheer for her?