Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Slippery Slope

I know how lucky I am. Really I do. Some people do not agree or, better yet, understand. A daughter with Down syndrome and Open Heart Surgery at 4 months does not equal lucky. I disagree. If you have meet Harper you would also disagree. Her smile is contagious and her cuteness radiates. She isn't just Down syndrome or the baby who had Open Heart Surgery. I know how lucky I am. I have known since last January when I found out I was pregnant.

Pregnancy didn't come easy to us. Another story for another time. We have emotional battle scars but were fortunate that Harper survived. Yes we had our scares during pregnancy (hence the early delivery) but we didn't experience a loss of a pregnancy. I know that miscarriage is a fact of life. Like death, I don't understand why it happens to good people. Or why pregnancy occurs easily for those who are not trying and those who try and want desperately to be parents struggle. The struggle sucks but the reward is (or at least should be) life changing.

My thoughts are with you my dear friends. And know my shoulders are always available.

A child with Down syndrome is just that...a child and a human. An article came across a status update on Facebook and I hesitated to open it because I knew I would get worked up. And I bet my house that the majority of you will also.  Read the story here.

The circumstances, the authors state, where after-birth abortion should be considered acceptable include instances where the newborn would be putting the well-being of the family at risk, even if it had the potential for an “acceptable” life. The authors cite Downs Syndrome as an example, stating that while the quality of life of individuals with Downs is often reported as happy, “such children might be an unbearable burden on the family and on society as a whole, when the state economically provides for their care.”

First: After-birth abortion is MURDER.
Second: It's DOWN syndrome. Not DOWNS syndrome.
Third: The word Downs is unacceptable.
Fourth: Child with Ds are not an "unbearable burden." This thought of  an "after-birth" abortion is an unbearable burden for me.

Just look at this face

It should not be permissible to kill a child because it is not exactly what you had in mind. This is a slippery slope. I wanted a brunette baby with green eyes. I didn't get that. Should I have an after-birth abortion?

This is a topic that is completely ridiculous and sadden. Anyone who is considering abortion of a child with Ds or an after-birth abortion (even the phrase is ridiculous) can email me and we will set up a time for you to meet Harper and come visit the 90 children I have enrolled at school. I guarantee your heart will melt and you will live for your child.

Do you see now why I couldn't quote more of the article?! Thanks Faith for posting it. You are right....slippery slope indeed.

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