Dr. James Dobson

Dr. James Dobson is a celebrated psychologist, Christian leader, and Founder and President of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, “Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk.” He is the author of more than 30 books dedicated to the preservation of the family.  

[Release] Dr. James Dobson condemns PA Gov. Tom Wolf’s ‘evil’ endorsement of eugenics against those with Down Syndrome

Dec. 4, 2019
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Dr. James Dobson, president and founder of the James Dobson Family Institute, issues the following statement after Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes legislation to prevent abortions of unborn children with Down Syndrome:

“I’ve long thought that Roe v. Wade was perhaps the greatest evil ever endorsed by the U.S. Supreme Court. While it is no longer surprising, it is horrific that some of our politicians continue to promote and defend the murder of innocents through the evil of abortion, and it is equally appalling that we as a society continue to stand still for it.

“But less than two weeks ago, we witnessed a new moral low in our society’s disregard for human life when Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf vetoed legislation that would prevent the targeted murder of unborn children with Down syndrome.

“Let me state this plainly: children with Down syndrome are being systematically eliminated through abortion. This is high-tech eugenics. It is not just wrong, it is unquestionably evil at its core. Every life is precious. If you’ve met children with Down syndrome, you have firsthand knowledge of how special these boys and girls are.

“Recognizing this, the Pennsylvania legislature passed a bill that would have prohibited abortions ‘sought because the unborn child receives a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.’ Governor Wolf refused to accept even this most basic protection for the most vulnerable among us, and incredibly claimed there was ‘no evidence that such a bill was needed in Pennsylvania.’

“The dismal reality is that this bill is needed not just in Pennsylvania, but across our country. In the United States, approximately 70 percent of women choose to abort their unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome. In a country that was founded upon the ‘unalienable rights’ of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it is outrageous that we would tolerate the intentional onslaught of these innocent children.

“Eight other states have passed laws restricting abortion of babies with Down syndrome, but many of these laws are not being enforced due to legal challenges. A group of U.S. senators have also introduced a bill to prohibit abortion of children on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis. While it astounds and sickens me that we need such laws, the tragic reality is that we do, and we need them now. Please contact your local legislators and let them know that these children have a God-given right to live. The Lord loves these innocent boys and girls with Down syndrome, whether born or unborn. They are precious in His sight.”

Dr. James Dobson is a celebrated psychologist, Christian leader, and founder and president of the Dr. James Dobson Family Institute (JDFI), which is dedicated to preserving the biblical institutions of marriage and family by encouraging, inspiring, supporting, and leading parents and children to build their lives on God’s Word.

JDFI’s mission is driven by Dr. James Dobson’s legacy of serving families with broadcasts, videos, articles, leadership training, and policy advocacy to ensure the next generation of families are equipped to stand firm with answers to life’s most difficult questions.

Dobson’s Family Talk radio program is broadcast weekdays on over 1,300 radio outlets and is heard by over half a million people each week.

Dobson is the author of 71 books dedicated to the preservation of the family. He served as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years and on the attending staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years. He has been active in governmental affairs and has advised five U.S. presidents on family matters. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (1967) in the field of child development and research design. He holds 17 honorary doctoral degrees and was inducted in 2008 into The National Radio Hall of Fame.

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