Frank Stephens a representative of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation gave a captivating speech to the congressional committee Wednesday, October 26th, 2017.
He spoke on aborting babies identified as having down syndrome through prenatal screening. He stated, “some people say prenatal screens will identify down syndrome in the womb and those pregnancies will just be terminated.”
Stephens speaks on how he has lectured at universities. And has acted in an award-winning film and Emmy winning TV show.
During his speech, he also made a few jokes showing off his fun sense of humor. He jokingly shared, “I have been to the white house twice and I did not have to jump the fence either time.”
Frank was able to keep it lighthearted as he addressed Congress. He brought to light a very serious topic of concern that does not get a lot of media attention.
I am a man with down syndrome and my life is worth living.
However, Stephens drove the point home for his entire speech. Highlighting an issue most people have never thought to consider, especially from a man with down syndrome. Stephens stated, “I am a man with down syndrome and my life is worth living.” The statement quickly received a period of well-deserved applause.
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