Thursday, November 19, 2009

Women on "The View" on aborting children with Down syndrome

Whoopi is right, 'doing away with the problem' is NOT an easier option. It is painful, leaving lasting scars on the mother's body and soul,  and her family. But I don't approve of her and Barbara Walters' attempts to shout down Elizabeth Hassleback who echoed Sarah Palin's assertion that all children offer their parents challenges and chances to grow in compassion. No one can forsee whose challenge will be harder, I know plenty of typical children who present their parents with major challeges, especially as teens. I'll take my Christina any day, compared to a troubled teen on drugs, pregnant, self destructive and angry.
Sarah's point was so well stated, that Whoopi and Walter's attempts to negate it make them look shallow and selfish. It's all about the mother's feelings about the child.  Nowhere in the conversation was the possiblity of adoption raised. Over 200 families are waiting to adopt a child with Down syndrome.
View the video here.

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1 comment:

Lance Boldt said...

Life with a child who has Down syndrome is the best. 10 years after our son with Down syndrome was born, we adopted a 6 yr old boy with Down syndrome from Korea.

Now that they are both gone, I can't describe what it's like to not have those two angels in our home each day.

6 months after Josh was born with Down syndrome, I attended my first parent group. I was touched by the struggle people were having with “why?” I went to bed with a heavy heart and awoke with this story. I hope you enjoy it.