In a time when Down syndrome babies are being exterminated in certain countries through abortion, the baby food company Gerber has made a wonderful gesture affirming such babies' inherent worth.
According to HuffPo, Gerber has selected a winner for their eighth annual Gerber Baby Photo Search contest: 18-month-old Lucas Warren from Dalton, Georgia, who has Down syndrome.
"A panel of judges chose Lucas out of a pool of more than 140,000 entrants to be the 2018 Gerber 'Spokesbaby,'" reports HuffPo. "His family will receive $50,000, and he will appear in promotional posts across Gerber’s social media throughout the year. "
In a press release, Bill Partyka, president and CEO of Gerber, said that the boy's "winning smile and joyful expression" captivated the panel, earning him the title.
“Lucas’ winning smile and joyful expression won our hearts this year, and we are all thrilled to name him our 2018 Spokesbaby,” he said. “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.”
The first, iconic "Gerber baby," synonymous with the company's product since 1927, was actually Ann Turner Cook, who recently celebrated her 91st birthday. In the intervening decades, parents have sent the company photos of their children, claiming to see their child's face in the Gerber baby, hence the catchphrase "every baby is a Gerber baby." Gerber began the Photo Search competition in 2010 to celebrate this ongoing trend.
Lucas' family hopes his selection will spread joy to people all over the country.
“This is such a proud moment for us as parents knowing that Lucas has a platform to spread joy, not only to those he interacts with every day, but to people all over the country,” his mom, Cortney Warren, said in the press release.
“We hope this opportunity sheds light on the special needs community and educates people that with acceptance and support, individuals with special needs have the potential to change the world ― just like our Lucas!” she added.
Compare those statements with those made by a leftist parent of a Down syndrome son, who wrote an article last month defending "eugenic abortion" as a natural right.
In Denmark, only four Down syndrome babies were born in 2016. In the neighboring country of Iceland, the eradication of Down syndrome babies has reached near 100%. France has gotten in on the race too; most recently, the country banned a television commercial featuring Down syndrome children because it upset the mothers who previously aborted them.
Every Down syndrome baby is a baby. Good on Gerber for seeing that.