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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Why I contributed to the GIFTS book.........

This is give one perspective. This is too what I believe

Convinced that more couples would choose to continue their pregnancies if they better appreciated what it meant to raise a child with Down syndrome, a growing group of parents are seeking to insert their own positive perspectives into a decision often dominated by daunting medical statistics and doctors who feel obligated to describe the difficulties of life with a disabled child.

Prenatal Test Puts Down Syndrome in Hard Focus
Published: May 9, 2007
A group of parents are trying to present positive perspectives on having a child with Down syndrome.


Anonymous said...

Choosing to have a retarded child is a moral atrocity. There's no way to get around the fact that Down syndrome causes suffering in everyone involved. The parents who support bringing more people burdened with this illness into the world only want to extend their and their children's suffering to everyone else. They should be named for what they are - evil.

Every child should be loved and valued - but a fetus is not a child until he or she is born - and what kind of perverted monster do you have to be to want your children to suffer their entire life? Only the religious dogma behind the hypocritical "culture of life" is capable of sinking people to this level.

Jeff said...

You know I always tell people when you are out here on the internet you give access to all the goof balls and people with other issues that surf the net.

Well as we all can see we have one of those that posted above. You have to have a blogger account to post comment on Mauzy's blog so we all know this person blogs out there but does not want us to be able to have any debate on thier blog. So brave....and oh so typical.

Sorry to Anonymous for whatever issues or guilt you are dealing with that caused your post and hope you can reach out and get the help you need.

And all that know me know I am pro-choice and not part of the religious right so no point in debating that part with me either.

Mauzy is my wife and I am very proud of her work with the gifts book and very proud of her for being the Mom to my very cool and very amazing son who just happens to have Down syndrome.


Mauzy said...

Thank you for posting your views. I purposely don't have my blog set on "private" so to allow anonymous posts so we can see all views. Anonymouse- Your view is exactly why the GIFTS book was written; to allow those that are uneducated about Down syndrome to see/read about the actual lives the families and children/adult live. It is not a religious pro-life book. And again you are wrong in the suffering part. We have no burden or suffering in our life. Your suffering however does show, and an offer to send a copy of GIFTS to you would - I am sure - be laughed at. I am sure Peter Singer would be proud.

Mauzy said...

Here is our "anonymous"

Wonder how he feels about deportation of immigrants?

Mauzy said...

Now I got a big chuckle out of this picture of our great anon. philosophist

He's in the toga on the left. hee hee hee.

Tara Marie said...

My blogging post on this article got mentioned in Slate..........

I'm so honored to be part of this project with you Mauzy.

Shelley said...

Hey I am glad you tracked down the 'clanging gong' aka 'vexation to our spirits' - rational debate is one thing but to yell and run .... that is another. Exactly why Gifts is such a GREAT idea. Thanks for hosting the debate.