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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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  -Doctors talk about real patients who are the real victims of Stupak-Pitts. madfloridian  Nov-19-09 10:33 PM   #0 
  - Another example of a lethal anomaly, a mother forced to carry to term.  madfloridian   Nov-19-09 10:35 PM   #1 
  - Women need to become reengaged in this cause and DEMAND pro-choice and pro family policies  debbierlus   Nov-19-09 10:48 PM   #2 
  - I don't even see pro-choice Dems speaking out on it.  madfloridian   Nov-19-09 11:01 PM   #4 
  - Doesn't the Hyde Amendment remain the law even if Stupak's Amendment is dropped?  Kaleva   Nov-19-09 11:01 PM   #3 
  - Hyde doesn't allow for the "health" of the mother either.  madfloridian   Nov-19-09 11:02 PM   #5 
     - Stupak's Amendment will probably be modified to go no further then Hyde  Kaleva   Nov-19-09 11:22 PM   #7 
        - If it does not allow for women's "health", it is to our party's shame.  madfloridian   Nov-19-09 11:29 PM   #8 
  - And just consider , since 1973 or so AFAIK, no attempts were really  saracat   Nov-19-09 11:14 PM   #6 
  - Hyde is comfortably accepted as the "status quo"  madfloridian   Nov-20-09 11:51 AM   #19 
  - This is FUCKING CRIMINAL! I am sick and tired of women's health issues being treated like  Raster   Nov-20-09 12:04 AM   #9 
  - Using women as bargaining chips....I'm afraid you might be right.  madfloridian   Nov-20-09 12:25 AM   #10 
     - I can assure you this line of thinking and these actions would never take place if  Raster   Nov-20-09 12:40 AM   #11 
        - I agree. Women are not fighting back on this.  madfloridian   Nov-20-09 07:15 PM   #24 
           - And I hate to think that women are going to wake up one day and realize that any free choice....  Raster   Nov-20-09 09:36 PM   #29 
  - Problem is that women themselves are divided on this issue  Kaleva   Nov-20-09 08:51 AM   #12 
  - Women just now are starting to call KGO San Francisco...  hayu_lol   Nov-20-09 09:04 AM   #13 
  - San Francisco isn't Upper Michigan  Kaleva   Nov-20-09 09:06 AM   #14 
  - Yes, I hear Stupak is beloved in his state. But his amendment affects all women...  madfloridian   Nov-20-09 10:35 AM   #17 
  - Well, his religious fervor in Michigan is  xxqqqzme   Nov-20-09 12:07 PM   #20 
  - I think many pro-choice men are in denial of how bad this bill is.  caseymoz   Nov-20-09 09:24 AM   #15 
  - I think you speak the truth.  Kaleva   Nov-20-09 09:42 AM   #16 
  - This pro-choice man is absolutely FURIOUS about it!  Odin2005   Nov-20-09 08:07 PM   #26 
  - You know what is really amazing? Woman are happy to preserve "status quo"......  madfloridian   Nov-20-09 11:01 AM   #18 
  - Too many women are told that they must accept 2nd Class status to get to Heaven.  Odin2005   Nov-20-09 08:09 PM   #27 
  - It is rather interesting  Kaleva   Nov-20-09 09:43 PM   #30 
     - There are reasons for that. Stupak was a slap in the face to women...  madfloridian   Nov-20-09 10:31 PM   #31 
  - one giant kick.  BlancheSplanchnik   Nov-20-09 01:16 PM   #21 
  - In the comments after the post.....some agree with you on cherishing zygotes  madfloridian   Nov-20-09 01:54 PM   #22 
     - oh you're right--really excellent comments there  BlancheSplanchnik   Nov-21-09 09:47 AM   #32 
  - K&R  Solly Mack   Nov-20-09 02:23 PM   #23 
  - Thanks for posting this. Americans need to understand how  JDPriestly   Nov-20-09 08:02 PM   #25 
  - You know what?  Missy Vixen   Nov-20-09 08:12 PM   #28 
  - ## PLEASE DONATE TO DEMOCRATIC UNDERGROUND! ##  DU GrovelBot   Nov-21-09 09:47 AM   #33 

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