Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Watch this.....

I had no intention of posting today, but I saw this on another blog that I check regularly, WATCH THIS!!!


Wow, right? I really like that video. It takes the politics out of abortion and plainly states, it's about humanity. No matter what one's beliefs, Down syndrome is no reason to abort a child. I believe that if you decide to have a child, you do not get to change your mind if it's not what you wanted. Personally I am so glad that I did not know that Ella had Down syndrome before she was born for several reasons, I would have been so stressed out that I firmly believe that she would have been far more premature than she already was, and I know that the OBGYN I was seeing would have heavily pushed my "options." Not that I fear I would have aborted because I wouldn't have under any circumstance but mentally I don't think I could have handled it. Why is it that SO many doctors push abortion. OBVIOUSLY they have never met our children!!!! 90% of couples that are prenatally diagnosed with a baby with Down syndrome abort, that is unbelievable to me. Is my daughter's life not worth living? I think not.

I try so hard to not sit here and judge those that have choosen abortion. I think that most if not all are just not informed and have no idea what a child with Down syndrome is really like. I want to find a way to reach out to those parents, I want them to meet Ella, I want to share with them how wonderful my life is, how wonderful Ella's life is. I don't know how to. I want to be this outgoing, outspoken advocate, but how???

7 comments:

Little Miss E said...

I agree with you on the topic of abortion based on Down syndrome. I wouldn't have my girl if that had been chosen for her. Thankfully her bio parents chose adoptions!

(And E and I are back to blogging after quite the hiatus!)

CJ

Jennifer said...

I miss my Ella.....

Melanie said...

I feel the same way. I wish there was a way that we make everyone aware of how wonderful our kids are and how much they deserve a chance to succeed in life. I wish someone would have told me about DS kids before I had Logan. I wouldn't have been so devistated at first. I'm also glad that I didn't know Logan had DS before he was born. I would have been so stressed as well. And I would not have wanted to know what my doctor would have said either. I know that it all happened the way it did for a reason.
For now, I think the best thing we can do is to take our kids every where with us and include them in all of the activities that typical kids participate in. We take Logan every where we go and I think he already has touch a lot of people and changed their minds about DS. They have discovered Logan is just like any other baby.

Mindy said...

I love this! Thanks so much for posting it!
We knew DS was a possibility for us. My first trimester screen had some funny numbers and increased my risk of DS from 1:794 to 1:8! But I had an AMAZING Christian midwife who talked with me. I felt uncomfortable with CVS or amnio because we knew we wouldn't abort and I couldn't live with myself if we miscarried following the procedure. And the answer was going to be the answer no matter what. So, I asked what the course of my care would be if baby did have DS. More ultrasounds....That's basically it. Gaining more information before birth in a minimal invasive way. So, that's what we chose to do. And he looked PERFECT!! Nothing on any of the 12 ultrasounds ever indicated DS. But we knew it was still possible. All the research I did led us to believe what we already knew about life with a child with disability (our oldest son has Autism) Life would not end. It's not the end of the world. It would be okay. It's been more than okay and he's only 9 months old. I am so overwhelmingly in love with that little boy it makes my heart hurt!!! What an amazing gift...just packaged a little differently! Thanks for letting me ramble!

Laurie said...

I think you already are an advocate :) You most definitely helped me pull myself together!

I think opportunities will present themselves for you to speak up about Ds.

Thanks for posting this. I'm putting it up on my blog.

The Bliss Family said...

What an amazing video! Thank you so much for sharing.

The Bliss Family said...

What an amazing video! Thank you so much for sharing.