Why Your Choice Matters to Me

With the title, “Is Iceland on Track to Eliminate Down Syncrome,” CBS news created a firestorm over this past week within the Down syndrome community around the world. Explaining that this near extinction of a people group has occurred through the use of a now popular and easy to use prenatal test, known as the NIPT, the news clip touches on the ethics and morality of using technology to select what type of people are born. Should parents have the right to choose whether or not they bring their baby into the world?

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14. An End...And A Beginning

All was quiet in the sanctuary, except for the sounds of people shifting in their seats. Every now and then, someone would clear his throat or muffle a sob. The sanctuary was fairly full, not because the people knew the man being buried today, but because they had grown up with and cherished his widow. 

The clock on the wall showed that it was 2pm. Pastor Greg walked to the center of the stage, carrying his thin leather Bible in one hand. He looked around the room, great sadness in his eyes. He opened his Bible and began to read, his voice thick with emotion.

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13. Blame

Laying on the bed in his cheap motel room, he studied the letter that had been handed to him when he’d left the base. In spite of his trembling hands, The Uncle’s eyes focused once more on the words in the middle of the first paragraph: dishonorably discharged. A sigh of misery escaped his lips. He’d read and reread the letter all the way to the airport, on the flight, and now, laying in this filthy room; he could have even recited it from memory had he been asked. Still, he could not comprehend that this had happened to him.

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12. Folly

The loud hiss of the opening bus doors jolted her from her sleep. Instinctively, she grabbed her lone possession, a Jansport backpack she had picked up from a previous stay at a homeless shelter. She quickly exited the Greyhound bus she had been on for the last 24 hours and stepped out into the warm summer morning, squinting in the bright sunlight. As the bus pulled away from the stop, she turned to take in a full view of her surroundings. After ten years of wandering around the country, she’d finally made it back to the place she used to call home. 

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11. Pride

The cheerful holiday music assaulted her emotionally, as if someone had rubbed salt on the open wounds of her heart. The Friend walked around the square downtown, taking in the twinkling lights and the beautiful holiday decorations. Large, red bows hung from every light pole, and garland was strung about the shops and restaurants that surrounded the square. Mistletoe was strategically placed above several shop doorways, and many happy shoppers happily obliged the call of the mistletoe. 

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10. Trust

The incessant beeping of the alarm slowly pulled him from a deep sleep. The Man rolled over, rubbing his blurry eyes as he gradually focused on the red letters of the clock. 5:30am. He pushed snooze and rolled back to his other side. The air was chilly in his bedroom, and he quickly burrowed underneath his comforter. He knew he needed to get moving, but the warm spot under his covers told him otherwise. 

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