Having an abortion to prevent a child from being born with Down syndrome or another disability can be a positive moral choice. Okay, now let’s go on (assuming you’re not already plotting my demise).
Sometimes I want to be “that mom.” Not the mom that wakes up and first thing disconnects a tube from her son’s belly that just administered medication. Sometimes I want to be the other mom, whose kid grows out of their shoes so fast she hears the cash register at Foot Locker ringing in her sleep.
When I think about Mother’s Day, I usually picture a Dad in plaid pajama pants destroying the kitchen with his kids in a clumsy effort to make his wife breakfast in bed. Mother’s Day looks a little different in our house.
Social conservatives cheer when Palin talks about the value of all children because her words are a subtle but clear signal of her staunch anti-abortion views.
William Saletan writes on Slate today about pre-birth defects, abortion and the ethics of technology. A new law may bridge all three.
Parents of special needs children don’t seek to force anyone to parent a disabled child. But they do want to destigmatize Down syndrome and see their children loved and welcomed.
Gov. Sarah Palin gave a speech this morning in Pittsburgh outlining her commitment to special needs children, pledging to make special needs children one of her “missions” as vice-president.
Like many people with a developmentally disabled family member I welcome the introduction of the needs of the developmentally disabled into national policy debates. But we need policies and funding, not promises.
Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin styles herself as a fierce protector of children and families, but her record on health insurance for children and pregnant women raises doubts about her priorities.