Natalie Dedreux, a German teenager who was born with Down syndrome, stunned German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the topic of late-term abortions this week during a “Vote Debate” event for the upcoming elections in Germany.
“Nine out of 10 babies with Down syndrome are not born in Germany,” she began in a video that is going viral.
“They’re going to be aborted,” she continued. “A baby with Down syndrome may be aborted until just a few days before birth. This is known as ‘late removal.’ My colleagues and I ask you … where do you stand on the subject of late removal?”
“Why is it allowed to abort babies with Down syndrome until just before birth?” she challenged Merkel. “I don’t think it’s good politically. This topic is important to me. I do not want to be aborted, but to remain in the world.”
Merkel, who is herself pro-choice, nodded grievously as Dedreux was speaking, taking a very long time to respond as she looked quite floored by the teenager’s stunning challenge.
When Merkel did finally reply, she explained that where she had grown up, in a small German village, that there was not a lot of support for families with disabled children. She explained that one of the “great advantages of German unity” is one’s ability to “see what you could do with support.”
The German publication The Local explained that Merkel also “attributed the fact that so many parents opt for abortion to people being unaware of the support that is on offer to them if their child is born with a handicap.”
She also attempted to point out that her own party, which is the Christian Democrat party, fought for many years to require women who may be considering late-term abortion to attend a mandatory consultation prior to the procedure.
“Everyone has so much potential and everyone can do something for society,” Merkel feebly attempted. “There is so much in each person’s abilities and possibilities.”
Although clearly trying to express a nuanced view of late-term abortion, which is a procedure that ends the life of not just a human baby, but a human baby that would be viable outside the womb, Merkel seems to have been careful to denounce neither late-term abortion nor the abortion of precious human life like that of the brave young girl who posed this question to her.
Europe is heading down a bad path already if Iceland’s program to “eliminate” Down syndrome is any indication. Pushing abortion to “cleanse” the population of genetic abnormalities like Down syndrome is eugenics 101; something racist Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was a staunch proponent of.
This brave young woman is a good example to the world that the life inside a womb is precious, no matter what diagnosis it might receive. Let’s pray this touches the heart of one of the world’s most powerful people and changes the tides of social change.
Not your body, Tomi!