Our open letter to Richard Dawkins from our founder Mike Sullivan (pictured above with his daughter Rebecca).
Dear Richard Dawkins,
Yesterday you chose to publicly judge the worth of people with Down syndrome, tweeting:
“Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice”
It is immoral for you to pass judgement on the worth of others. Fellow human beings who have beautiful lives and are loved members of their families and communities. Our’s is a beautiful kind of love.
It is immoral for you to attempt to deny the humanity of others by labelling them as an “it”. People with Down syndrome are human beings, and have dignity simply by being human. We accept our children for who they are, and are proud to celebrate and enjoy their lives with them. Diversity is good. We love diversity.
Our families would not be complete without our children. We love them. Please don’t judge them.
Our babies are beautifully made and are amazing. An experience to be celebrated and a love to be embraced.
We are accepting and embracing of life. Our lives are enriched through the love of our children.
Life with our children is more beautiful than we could ever have hoped for. Can you see the love between Pip and Tara? Can you feel it? It’s a beautiful thing.
Our children are the finest. Our lives are enriched. A love without bounds.
And they have the same range of characters as all children. All children are worthy of love and acceptance for who they are.
Through our children we are graced with tolerance and patience. We learn the meaning of unconditional love. Love that has no conditions attached to it.
Unconditional love is the essence of morality and the foundation of family.
Joy and laughter opens our hearts to unconditional love.
Life is more beautiful than you could ever imagine.
When you claim it is immoral for us to have our children in our world you display your own immorality and incapacity for acceptance and unconditional love for others. I am sorry for that. We will move forward in love building an inclusive and accepting world, as our contribution to humanity.
We are sorry that you feel the need to judge our children. We are proud to stand with them: beautiful, openhearted, kind and pure people. The ones that make this world a better place.
Thank you for telling the world your views on the worth of others.
We will stay in the love if that is OK with you. It’s a pretty good place to be.