By JOHN PAUL LAVALLEE
(Editor’s Note: John Paul Lavallee, a student at Our Lady of Lourdes, Bethesda, Md., wrote this pro-life essay that has won local and national awards. Wanderer columnist Fr. Kevin M. Cusick met this young man at a recent Maryland Right to Life banquet. Fr. Cusick points out that John Paul, who has autism, dictated his essay because he cannot read or write. Someone read the essay out loud for him at the banquet.
(The Lavallee family granted The Wanderer permission to reprint John Paul’s essay. All rights reserved.)
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I have many friends with autism, Down syndrome, and other disabilities. Some of them would have been aborted if their parents did not respect their lives. If this happened, there would be fewer people on the planet. Many people say this is good, because large populations are too hard on the Earth’s resources, but I believe that the Earth can sustain every person God creates. People with autism would not get a chance to write a book about their experience, or be a genius, or be a good friend if they were aborted.
Many people with Down syndrome, 9 out of 10, are aborted every year because of a genetic test that can predict this condition before birth. This is sad and evil because these babies cannot defend themselves. All of us are being deprived of a chance to love and serve most children with Down syndrome, and to receive the love and kindness they grow up to give. … Continue Reading