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Disability, Prenatal Testing and the Case for a Moral, Compassionate Abortion

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).

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I Am (Not) That Mom: Raising a Kid with Cardiomyopathy

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. 

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Our Mothers: A Lesbian Mom Examines the Mother She Thought She’d Be and the Mother She Is

Laura with Simon (from the family blog, "Team Shimmy")

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.

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Palin’s Coded Anti-Abortion Support

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.

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Ethics of Technology: Prenatal Testing, Abortion & Disability Rights

William Saletan writes on Slate today about pre-birth defects, abortion and the ethics of technology. A new law may bridge all three.

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An Overdue Conversation About Our Obligations to Special Needs Children

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.

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Palin Gives Policy Speech on Special Needs Funding

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.

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People With Disabilities Need More Than A Promise

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.

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Palin, Protector of Children vs. Her Record

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.

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