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‘I Don’t Need to Be Eradicated’: Message from Person with Down Syndrome Goes Viral After Ana Navarro’s Statements

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CNN commentator Ana Navarro defended abortion this Friday and, to justify it, she used her relatives with Down syndrome as an example. She explained she knows firsthand what it represents financially to have a family member in those conditions.

“I am no one to tell you what you should do with your life or with your uterus. And because I have a family with many children with special needs. I have a brother who is 57 years old and has the mental and motor skills of a 1-year-old and I know what that means financially, emotionally, and physically for a family,” Navarro said during a program with host Alisyn Camerota.

Criticism to Ana Navarro

In light of Navarro’s statements, a video went viral with a speech made by Frank Stephens, a renowned American actor and writer —who has Down Syndrome— before the United Nations on March 15, 2018.

“I am a man with Down Syndrome. My life is worth living. See me as a human being, not a birth defect. I don’t need to be eradicated. I need to be loved, valued, educated, and sometimes helped,” Stephens says in the speech that some called “powerful.”

Ana Navarro’s unfortunate statements came after the Supreme Court decided to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, leaving it up to each state to decide the legal status of abortion. As a result of that decision, at least 20 states in the country are moving forward with restrictions on abortion.

Williams Perdomo es periodista y escritor, especializado en las fuentes Política y Cultura.

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