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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 22, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — President Trump was joined by daughter Ivanka, Vice President Pence, and some wonderful special guests to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day at the White House.
“Today we celebrate the lives and achievements of Americans with Down Syndrome,” said the President in a tweet. “Vice President Pence and I will always stand with these wonderful families, and together we will always stand for LIFE!”
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Today we celebrate the lives and achievements of Americans with Down Syndrome. @VP and I will always stand with these wonderful families, and together we will always stand for LIFE! #WorldDownSyndromeDay
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President Trump has consistently affirmed the rights and dignity of children and adults with Down syndrome against “persistent myths and stigmas.”
“We will always support the dreams of those with Down syndrome, and respect and honor the sanctity of their lives, at every stage,” said the president during Down syndrome Awareness Month last year.
“Together, we recommit to deepening our understanding of Down syndrome and learning more about how we can ensure the beautiful people with Down syndrome are able to fully participate in society.”
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The president’s statement continues:
All people are endowed by their Creator with dignity and the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Despite some persistent myths and stigmas, even within the medical community, our Nation strongly embraces the undeniable truth that a Down syndrome diagnosis is an opportunity to embrace God’s gifts. I stand for life — in all of its beautiful manifestations — and I, and my Administration, will continue to condemn the prejudice and discrimination that Americans with Down syndrome too often endure.
“Every day, they inspire us to live with great love, joy, and appreciation for our world and those who make it a truly unique and special place to live,” said the president. “Life is precious, and it is our moral duty to protect and defend it.”