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PostSubject: Advice We're Glad We Didn't Take   Thu 3 Jul 2008 - 12:48

The Wall Street Journal (USA) - 2 July 2008

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"Christine Rosen's piece is frightening in terms of how calloused our society is becoming, that we do prenatal testing, and are all too prepared to cast off life when it might be deemed less than perfect ("A Life Worth Living," Taste, June 27). It also brought back memories of my own experience: My wife was pregnant with our second child, and we faced the "Down syndrome scare."..
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PostSubject: Re: Advice We're Glad We Didn't Take   Mon 7 Jul 2008 - 23:13

But what if your baby has Down Syndrome........

When I was pregnant with Talitha I was pressured to have an amnio. They told me that I had a reasonably high risk of having a baby with DS because of my age. I told them "NO". I had lost three babies to miscarriage before Talitha and I wasn't going to risk it. They pressured me a lot to have it but I refused because I was not going to kill my baby no matter what.

I am so glad that I didn't have it. I would never have coped if I had lost her. And I can say honestly that I would happily have another child with DS. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Advice We're Glad We Didn't Take   Mon 7 Jul 2008 - 23:20

I love this part of the article:
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...could tell the man was tired, obviously so from the strain of caring for his son.

Now I realize that perhaps the world conditioned me to think this way. What I really saw was a tired father ending a train ride with his son...

I was quite ignorant before Jirah, and assumed all parents of kids with special needs were superheros. I wish more people would come to the realisation like this guy did. We are just regular people, caring for our children like anybody else.

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PostSubject: Re: Advice We're Glad We Didn't Take   Sun 20 Jul 2008 - 12:02

caspearson wrote:
I was quite ignorant before Jirah, and assumed all parents of kids with special needs were superheros.

I quite like my superhero title. Very Happy


Did anyone read the article that this one is referring to?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121452087577408831.html?mod=Letters

Pretty confronting. I've heard of people trying to make the argument that not terminating is irresponsible, it'd be pretty scary if this became a common or dominant perspective in our society. Crying or Very sad
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