You don’t see this out of Hollywood every day
Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher posted a powerful video on Facebook related to abortion, and it has garnered millions of views.
The video was testimony from actor and Special Olympian Frank Stephens before Congress in 2017 where he defeated the notion that babies with Down Syndrome should be aborted by forcing those listening to acknowledge his right to life.
“Whatever you learn today, please remember this,” said Stephens in his testimony, “I am a man with Down Syndrome and my life is worth living.”
“Sadly, across the world, a notion is being sold that maybe we don’t need research concerning Down Syndrome,” he explained. “Some people say prenatal screens will identify Down Syndrome in the womb and those pregnancies will just be terminated.”
“It’s hard for me to sit here and say those words,” he added.
Stephens went on to explain how people with Down Syndrome can lead full and satisfying lives. He also argued that the condition helps doctors understand other medical diseases in order to help defeat them.
“First, we are a medical gift to society,” Stephens explained, “a blueprint for medical research into cancer, Alzheimers, and immune system disorders. Second, we are an unusually powerful source of happiness: a Harvard-based study has discovered that people with Down Syndrome, as well as their parents and siblings, are happier than society at large. Surely happiness is worth something? Finally, we are the canary in the eugenics coal mine. We are giving the world a chance to think about the ethics of choosing which humans get a chance at life.”
Kutcher posted the video with the title, “This man gave powerful speech on Down Syndrome,” and added simply, “Everyone’s life is valuable.” He has over 17 million followers on the social media site.
The viral post has almost 100,000 shares, and millions of views.
Kutcher stars in the show “The Ranch” on Netflix, which he has said reflects more of the conservative outlook that he remembers in shows he watched as young man.
Here’s the video of Stephens’ powerful testimony:
Author: Carlos Garcia