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Father of child with Down syndrome: These kids love us until we love them back

(Photo credit: Carla Alves)

Ninety percent of babies who test positive for Down syndrome in the womb are tragically aborted.

One father of a living child with Down syndrome, Dr. Thomas Elkins, said the following:

We look at our child, Jenny, who has Down’s syndrome, and see our own limitedness. She shows us love even when we, at first, were not totally accepting of her. These kids love us until we begin to love them back. And by loving them, we learn whole new definition of love – something very akin to grace.


In our country, we have been very much aware of physical attributes and their importance in being successful. But with a child like Jenny, we learned that love is deeper. It’s love because of the personal qualities of that child and because of something of the spirit of God that’s within that child – what we term personhood.

Harold Smith “A Legacy of Life” Christianity Today, January 18, 1985

Quoted in: F LaGard Smith When Choice Becomes God (Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 1990)

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