Here is a link to David Lejeune’s open letter to Ruth Marcus. On March 9, 2018, Marcus published an op-ed in the Washington Post entitled “I would’ve aborted a fetus with Down syndrome. Women need that right.” Lejeune’s open letter responds to her op-ed.
David Lejeune, who is the president of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA, writes: “you [Marcus] claim that you would have terminated your pregnancies had the testing for each child come back positive for Down syndrome. While you are free to voice your personal opinion, even an ill-considered one, I am compelled to publically refute the statements you made regarding aborting children with Down syndrome. Lives are at stake. If your advice were accepted by others, the lives of innocent children would be eliminated and families would be deprived of loving, beautiful human beings who contribute immensely to human flourishing.”
Lejeune’s open letter closes with this appeal: “I stand with my brothers and sisters with Down syndrome and ask you to reconsider your beliefs and the dangerous effect your words may have on vulnerable children in the United States and beyond.”