Saturday, April 24, 2010
The Value of All Lives
This article makes me sick to my stomach for so many reasons. There are just so many things wrong with this article. And the thing that really makes me sad is that a lot of people probably agree with what happened here. Our abortion rate for children with Down Syndrome would not be at a disturbing 90% if many people in this country did not feel this way.
When we were pregnant with both of our boys, we always opted out of the prenatal tests that looked for things such as Down Syndrome. It never once crossed our minds to do anything other than that. We knew that no matter what, our children were wanted and our children would be loved... no matter what. Who are we to choose what our child will be like? It is not our choice. Every child is gift from God and I get so frustrated by the countless number of people who think that a child with a "disability" is a lesser human being. It is one of my goals in life and has been for awhile now, to show the world that children with "disabilities", that adults with "disabilities"... that they are all a blessing and deserve not only a chance at life but the chance to live a normal life as well. A child only becomes disabled/handicapped if we put that label on them. Let's start looking at everyone as people first, not at their so called "disabilities" first.
When we committed to adopting Sean, we never once felt that he wouldn't be able to accomplish everything that any other child could accomplish. We will not put limits on his dreams. We will not promote an "I can't" attitude. We will not wish and dream and hope anything less for him than we do for our other children. They are all on equal footing and we will do everything we can to help all our children achieve all their dreams.
Now, with all that being said, I cannot tell you how many strange looks I get when I tell people this. Many people already have it in their minds that Sean will not be able to accomplish the same things that our other children can. They already have it in their minds that we should not expect as much from him. They already have it in their mind, and I say this with sadness, that he will be a burden. Well, all I can say to all of that, is that their minds will be changed when they see all that Sean will be able to accomplish in life. He will prove the cynics wrong and I firmly believe he will change the world for the better with all the amazing things he is going to accomplish.