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Carissa Carroll, pictured with her son Jack, founded the nonprofit organization Jack's Basket to celebrate babies with Down syndrome

CUA panel: Prenatal testing poses unique threat to preborn children with Down syndrome

Mar 21, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

A panel of pro-life leaders and scholars is calling attention to the threat that prenatal testing poses to preborn children... Read more


Abortions in Scotland highest on record as government considers abortion on demand

Jun 3, 2023

By Madeleine Teahan

Public Health Scotland also revealed that there has been an 84% increase in the number of abortions of babies with... Read more

Heidi Crowter speaks outside the High Court in London England, July 6, 2021.

Woman with Down syndrome sues over abortion law at European Court of Human Rights

May 20, 2023

By AC Wimmer

Heidi Crowter announced her decision to appeal to the ECHR this week after England’s Supreme Court refused to hear her... Read more

Mattel's newest Barbie doll

Newest Barbie doll is ‘monumental,’ Down syndrome advocate says

May 14, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Children with Down syndrome will now see themselves reflected in Mattel’s newest Barbie doll. Read more

Sister Mary Casey O'Connor, a Sister of Life, and her twin sister, Casey Gunning, teacher’s assistant and lifelong athlete in the Special Olympics

Twin sisters with a special bond speak out for the unborn

Jan 20, 2023

By Katie Yoder

Sister Mary Casey O’Connor and Casey Gunning, who has Down syndrome, were featured speakers at the March for Life’s inaugural... Read more

The Court of Appeal is based at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

UK Catholic bishop speaks out after woman with Down syndrome loses abortion law appeal

Nov 29, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

In a ruling on Nov. 25, the Court of Appeal ruled that the UK abortion law did not discriminate against... Read more

Les Petites Sœurs Disciples de l’Agneau, or The Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb, live of prayer in the Indre region of southern France.

Only religious community in the world for sisters with Down syndrome seeks American sisters 

Nov 12, 2022

By Edie Heipel

A community of religious sisters with Down syndrome faithfully live out their vocation of contemplative prayer in southern France. Read more

Daniel and Michelle Schachle with their son, Michael McGivney Schachle, 7, at the annual convention of the Knights of Columbus held Aug. 1-4, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Meet Michael McGivney Schachle, the miracle baby who helped make his namesake a Blessed

Aug 7, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Numerous Catholic dignitaries attended the Knights of Columbus’ annual convention last week, but few could match the star power of... Read more

The Court of Appeal is located at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, England.

Appeals court to hear challenge to UK Down syndrome abortion law

Mar 9, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The High Court in London rejected the case last year. Read more

Pro-life advocate Katie Shaw

‘A Wonderful Life’: Meet the woman with Down syndrome speaking at March for Life

Jan 21, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Katie Shaw is many things: a champion for the unborn, an advocate for those with disabilities, a faithful Catholic, and,... Read more

Prenatal blood tests for genetic conditions have become an enormous unregulated industry generating billions of dollars in revenue each year.

NYT report fuels concerns that many abortions are based on false test results

Prenatal tests that show an unborn child to have serious developmental problem frequently lead to abortion. Yet an investigation by... Read more

Dr. Jérôme Lejeune (1926-1994). Credit: Fondation Jérôme Lejeune

New documentary chronicles life of Catholic scientist Jerome Lejeune, heroic Down syndrome advocate

Dec 18, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A documentary produced by a French filmmaker about Venerable Jerome Lejeune, a Catholic doctor and scientist who left a legacy... Read more

Heidi Crowter speaks outside the High Court in London England, July 6, 2021.

Court rejects challenge to UK’s Down syndrome abortion law

Sep 23, 2021

By CNA Staff

In its Sept. 23 ruling, the court declared that a law allowing abortion up to birth for disability was not... Read more

Pastor of St. Augustine's, Fr. Peter Gori O.S.A. (right) and admissions director Paula O'Dea (left) hand Abby Aguedelo her diploma on graduation day.

‘A willingness to start with ‘yes’’: How one Catholic school graduated its first student with Down syndrome

Sep 13, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Tears flowed down the faces of Abigail “Abby” Agudelo’s classmates, as earlier this year she became the first student with... Read more

Several pro-life laws take effect in South Dakota

Jul 2, 2021

By CNA Staff

Five pro-life laws went into effect in South Dakota on Thursday. Read more

Máire Lea-Wilson with her son, Aidan.

Meet the mother challenging the UK’s Down syndrome abortion law

May 20, 2021

Máire Lea-Wilson will take part in a landmark High Court case in July. Read more

The Royal Courts of Justice, which houses the High Court and Court of Appeal of England and Wales.

Court to hear challenge to UK’s Down syndrome abortion law in July

May 4, 2021

Heidi Crowter, a woman with Down syndrome, and Máire Lea-Wilson, a mother whose 23-month-old son has the genetic condition, are... Read more

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who has signed a law barring abortions based on non-fatal genetic disorders, speaks at an awards luncheon in Scottsdale, Ariz., June 17, 2019. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Arizona disability abortion ban will protect mothers and unborn babies, Catholic bishops say

Apr 28, 2021

The Catholic bishops of Arizona on Tuesday applauded the passage of an expansive state law that they say will help... Read more