Pro-Lifers Applaud Gerber’s Selection of Down Syndrome Child as ‘Spokesbaby of the Year’

Pro-life Americans are applauding Gerber’s selection of a Down syndrome child for its 2018 “Spokesbaby of the Year” in a time when many unborn babies are aborted after being diagnosed with the condition.

Lucas Warren, 18 months, was selected out of 140,000 photographs that were submitted to the popular baby food company’s annual cute baby contest. His parents state that they entered the contest on a whim, uploading to Instagram a photo they took of their smiling son wearing his church clothes—polka dot bow tie and all.

“We got back home, and I thought he looked so adorable in the outfit, and I just decided to snap a quick picture of it,” Warren’s mother, Cortney, told PEOPLE.

Gerber has held its spokesbaby contest since 2010, and this year marks the first that a Down syndrome child was selected.

“Lucas’ winning smile and joyful expression won our hearts this year, and we are all thrilled to name him our 2018 spokesbaby,” CEO Bill Partyka said in a statement. “Every year we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber’s longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby, and this year Lucas is the perfect fit.”

Lucas will be featured in Gerber’s social media campaigns throughout the year, and his family will receive $50,000, which will go toward Lucas’ education.

The Warrens hope that their son will be a reminder that children with Down syndrome are bundles of love and joy who should no less be accepted in society.

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“He may have Down syndrome, but he’s always Lucas first,” Cortney outlined to TODAY Parents. “He’s got an awesome personality and he goes through the milestones of every child. … We’re hoping when he grows up and looks back on this, he’ll be proud of himself and not ashamed of his disability.”

“We’re hoping this will impact everyone—that it will shed a little bit of light on the special needs community and help more individuals with special needs be accepted and not limited,” her husband Jason also remarked. “They have the potential to change the world, just like everybody else.”

It is estimated that 80-90 percent of American mothers who receive a Down syndrome diagnosis choose to abort. Therefore, pro-lifers have applauded the selection of Warren as the Gerber spokesbaby in hopes that it might help change hearts and minds.

“[W]hile most Americans may not yet take a consistently pro-life view, the vast majority rightly sense that Lucas Warren had every right to come into the world—and that the world is a happier place with him in it,” the editors of the Weekly Standard wrote on Feb. 8.

“At a time when babies with Down syndrome face deadly discrimination in the womb, Lucas’s role as the Gerber Spokesbaby highlights the humanity of all babies,” also remarked Texas Right to Life in a blog post. “Prenatal genetic testing has led to an alarming increase in the number of babies with Down syndrome killed in abortion simply because they are seen as less than perfect. In some anti-life countries, almost all babies with Down syndrome are killed in abortion.”

“As the father of a son with special needs, I have always been an advocate and a champion for this population, who have taught me so much over the years,” likewise wrote Dr. Manny Alvarez for Fox News. “In 2014, I criticized an Australian couple’s choice to abandon their newborn child in Thailand after the surrogate gave birth to him and they learned he had Down syndrome. And more recently, in 2017, I was heartbroken over a report from CBS that claimed Iceland had ‘nearly eliminated Down syndrome’ in their country.”

“As a high-risk obstetrician for over 30 years, I’ve come to realize that despite the efforts of the National Down Syndrome Society and other groups working to raise awareness, there are still many people who don’t know what Down syndrome is. In order to keep moving in the direction of acceptance and understanding, it’s important that we continue to educate the public about these special children,” he said.

The Warrens similarly state that they hope their son will help to provide encouragement to present and future parents of Down syndrome children.

“There are a lot of families out there who’ve become frightened or afraid because they don’t know,” Jason Warren told Today. “We’re hoping they can see Lucas and just get a glimpse of what all their child can do.”

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  • Amos Moses – He>i

    these are Gods special ones …………..

  • bowie1

    Very nice choice!

  • Robin Egg

    Of course!! That’s because ALL BABIES MATTER!

  • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Beautiful baby!

  • Don Karns

    Love plus.
    The existence of an extra chromosome in a human being does not affect its attributes to love or be loved. The problem is not
    a birth defect, but is a heart defect; within a mother who would purchase the death of her baby and then call it a choice or abortion.
    Only mothers have abortions.
    The word mother denotes “with child” in some sense, birth, adoption, or conception.
    By nature, mothers (except most cold blooded animals) nurse, nurture, sacrifice, care for, and in the case of humans, even “love” their babies. The issue then is not political, educational, racial, or financial. The problem is the human heart.
    What can mend a mothers heart? The love of a baby or the love for a baby.
    What can change a mothers heart? The sinless life, bloody sacrificial death on a cross, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And this is love, not that we loved Him, but He loved us first and gave His life for us.
    For a mother who might consider purchasing the death of your baby, repent. Change your mind about God and trust in Him. He passed by 3.5 billion other women and chose you to mother this baby. This baby will love you no matter what your defects are. And this baby will teach you that true love is not just fornication or receiving something in return; but is also nurturing and sacrificing with no regrets.
    For a mother who has already purchased the death of her baby along with the guilt, shame, and regrets that come with abortion, there is forgiveness found at the cross of Jesus. If you will own your sin, and if you will agree with God about the sinfulness of your sin, and if you will take your sin to the cross in a spiritual sense, and lay it upon Jesus, God can forgive you. Nail your sin to the cross with Jesus, and trust that His blood is precious and trust that His blood was shed to purchase your forgiveness, and His life given to free you from the power of sin.
    Now God is declaring to all men and women everywhere that all people must repent, for He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.

  • LynnRH

    Soooooo precious!

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    The Planned Parenthood abortion business has filed suit against a pro-life law in the state of Ohio that protects unborn babies with Down Syndrome. The law prohibits abortions when done specifically because an unborn child has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

    Because the Planned Parenthood abortion business has never met an abortion it is not willing to perform, it has filed a lawsuit against the state law which pro-life Governor John Kasich signed last year.

    Here’s more:

    “The patient-doctor relationship is critical; a woman should be able to trust her physicians and have confidential conversations without worrying about government interference,” said Jerry Lawson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio, in a statement.

    Ohio Right to Life, which promoted the law, called the lawsuit one of several “blatant and continuous attacks on the dignity and sanctity of human life.”

    “It is a shame that an organization that claims to be the very biggest and best at defending victims of discrimination completely disregards the most vulnerable members of our society who are being discriminated against,” said Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life.

    Abortion clinic owners want Ohio’s new law ruled unconstitutional and stopped, according to the lawsuit.

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