An actor, Special Olympics athlete and special needs advocate across the globe, Stephens himself has Down syndrome. Last week, he spoke to a U.S. Congressional committee about protecting people with disabilities like himself and supporting medical research, according to The Atlantic.
“I am a man with Down syndrome and my life is worth living,” Stephens told members of Congress.
Stephens brought up the disturbing level of discrimination that unborn babies with Down syndrome are subjected to in the womb.
“… we are the canary in the eugenics coal mine. We are giving the world a chance to think about the ethics of choosing which humans get a chance at life,” he said.