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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-20-09 08:02 PM
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25. Thanks for posting this. Americans need to understand how
difficult a woman's choices can be. I support Sarah Palin in her choice to keep her Downs Syndrome baby. Sarah Palin, however, is in an economically secure position and can afford to provide for her child. In contrast, many women are unable to provide for a severely disabled child who will be dependent for life on a parent, perhaps an older, working mother. A woman in that situation deserves to be permitted to make her own choice about what she can do. It's difficult to place a severely disabled child for adoption. Not all adoptive homes are safe for a child with special needs.

I have a friend who chose to have her baby who had spina bifida. My friend's experience was mixed. On the one hand, she had the great joy of mothering her baby who was absolutely lovable and who remained an infant much longer than most babies. On the other hand, the stress was enormous. Due to her illness, the baby became seriously ill repeatedly, frequently. My friend could not work. All of her life was involved in taking care of her baby. Eventually, nature took its course. The baby died. My friend's husband left her. She focused on making a career for herself. Her choice was hers. I've never heard her complain about it. But it was her choice. And she was able to make it because she and her husband could afford a modest lifestyle and keep the baby. Had she been in a different situation, she could not have made her choice.

Each woman's situation is different. Each is entitled to make her own choice. As Sandra Day O'Connor acknowledged in her Supreme Court decision on this issue (I think it was Casey), bearing children is a great responsibility, sometimes a painful one. Sometimes women die in childbirth -- still -- today. Thus, a woman must be able to make her own choice about whether she carries a baby to term or not. Only she knows what is in her heart, what her life, including her spiritual life, requires.

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