By Tom Quiner
A family I love just gave birth to their fifth child.
They were caught by surprise when the doctor told them that Molly was special. She carries an extra chromosome, which has been dubbed the “Love Chromosome.”
Molly has Downs Syndrome.
I’m sure her parents are going through an emotional roller coaster right now. Most of us would not choose for our child to carry the Love Chromosome. There are extra health risks associated with a Downs child. There are additional demands made upon the parents of Downs children.
We live in a country that now considers human life to be disposable. No group is more disposed of than Downs children. Ninety-five percent of them are aborted before they ever make their mark on the world.
What can these kids possibly do, you may wonder? How they can affect the world?
They will never be president of the United States.
They will never be a senator.
They will never be a community organizer.
So what can they do? They can love. Boy, can they ever love.
Where some people are divisive, our sons and daughters, our brothers and sisters, who carry the Love Chromosome unite us through the power of love.
New parents anxiously ask doctors what percentile their baby is in for birthweight, for length, for head size.
We know where Downs babies are at when it comes to the “love scale.” They are in the 99th percentile. God sends us these lovely human beings as a gift, a gift that reveals what life is really all about: love.
We need Molly far more than she needs us.
Molly, welcome to a world in need of love, sweet love.
Will you extend your hand and help us?