APPENDIX: Magdalena

[Matthew Hennessey is associate editorial-page features editor at the Wall Street Journal. The following article was published in the January 2021 issue of First Things (firstthings.com) and is reprinted with the magazine’s permission.] Magdalena loves potatoes. Doesn’t matter...
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Faraway, So Close

I always knew it was going to happen. I just didn’t know when—or for whom. My 11-year-old daughter, Magdalena, has Down syndrome. Over the years, my wife and I have met dozens of other parents of children with special needs—through schools, through Special Olympics programs,...
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Testing Down Syndrome to Death

At one time or another, all of us have fallen for a lie that we wanted to believe. Have you heard that nine out of ten babies with Down syndrome are aborted? I first came across this shocking statistic in a New York Times article published in May 2007, just two months after my...
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