Teen with Down Syndrome Surprises Merkel on LIVE TV with Late-Term Abortion Question
By LaurettaBrown | Townhall.com
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was put on the spot Monday by a German teen with Down syndrome during a live “Vote Debate” event in the northern city of Lübeck.
“Mrs Merkel, you are a politician. You make laws. I’m an editor at a magazine for people like me who have Down Syndrome,” Cologne-native Natalie Dedreux told the Chancellor according to a translation by The Local Germany.
“Nine out of ten babies with Down Syndrome in Germany aren’t born," she said.
"A baby with Down Syndrome can be aborted days before the birth, in what is called ‘late stage abortion.’ My colleagues and I want to know what your opinion on late stage abortion is, Mrs Merkel. Why can babies with Down Syndrome be aborted shortly before birth?”
“I don't think it's good politically. This topic is important to me,” she added.
“I don’t want to be aborted, I want to be born,” Dedreux concluded, receiving loud and sustained applause from those gathered.
Merkel was visibly flustered by the question, some in the media noted, according to the Express. She replied that she grew up in communist East Germany where handicapped children were given no support.