Champion Swimmer With Down Syndrome Says Unborn Babies With The Condition Have A Right To Life

Lauretta Brown

Karen Gaffney, the first person with Down syndrome to swim the English channel, spoke at the Pennsylvania Capitol building Monday to advocate for a newly-introduced bill to ban abortions based solely on the fact that the unborn baby would have Down syndrome.

“It’s okay,” she told those gathered, “I know I am different than you. I look different, I talk differently, I walk differently, I don’t hear as well as most of you do and I don’t see as well either and sometimes it takes me longer to learn things. Now another thing that is different about me is that I can swim much longer and much farther than anyone in this room.”

Gaffney went on to point out that she’s not the only one with Down syndrome who has been able to accomplish some amazing things.

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