Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Should Sarah Palin's Baby be aborted?
I chose to be a parent. And when I made that decision, I chose the responsibilities that came with it. There are many times I have had to balance my needs, my wants against theirs, and as it is true with Mom's or Dad's all across the horizons of the world, our individual needs usually come in second.
After having our son I gave up many things: privacy, sports games on TV---some very IMPORTANT playoff games on TV (!!!), time to myself, spur of the moment outings with my wife, a clean house, and a clean car to mention a few. I gave up reading the newest or latest gadgets on the market and have learned to be happy to get through just on the stats of my new favorite quarterback Jay Cutler! Heck, I have even given up some of my pride - yes I have been out in public with nose hair sticking out and unshaved beard simply to get both of us out of the house.
After having my child I learned that giving up all those things was the best thing I ever did and will do. I learned what unconditional love really is. I realize the most precious things to see are the smiles on our little ones and hear their naughty laughters or smirks. I learned that a clean house (and car) is not nearly as important as playing toy train tracks or building lego towns or spending the day at the park. I learned that the best books out there are the ones you read to your kids and later, their reading back to you. I learned that while I may not have time to do the things I want but I always have time to wash my kid's hair and have a little chat time while I give him a bath.
In other words, I learned that being a parent meant that your kids will, and should come first. It meant that never, not for one minute, would they not be on your mind and that you would do anything to protect and care for them. Putting their needs first above our own. That you would think and rethink your own actions knowing that they could affect you children, knowing they were watching and learning by our actions and words.
This is what brings us to GOP Veep Candidate Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin is a mother of five, including Trig Paxon Van Palin. Trig was born in April 2008 with an extra chromosome. Down Syndrome. One must understand that raising a child with Down Syndrome while having a political career is undoubtely difficult. In fact, it is difficult for any family. I can't even imagine myself taking care of a special need child for a minute! With the news that Sarah had last year before her son was born–--the news that her child will likely have Down Syndrome–she knew having her son would change her life and possibly put her career on hold. The Palins never considered aborting the baby. That means that Trig Palin is now in a very rare group of very special children. It is now believed that the vast majority of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome before birth are being aborted [up to 90 percent of all Down Syndrome pregnancies end in abortion]. Governor Sarah Palin chose to have the baby. She and her husband never considered abortion. Like every human being born since the begining of time, I know Gov. Palin is a imperfect just like the rest of us. No one is perfect. I doubt her political goals are 100 percent dedicated to the goodness of humankind. But, at least in this circumstance, I know that she loved her son, Trig, enough to give him a chance to live and be enjoyed by her family. I know that she looks at her son like any mother should and adores him. Sure he has an extra chromosome. Sure it will be difficult. But just like you and me and every person who has been born, Trig bears the image of God and has a right to his life, to give us hope, to show us the wonder and beauty of a child with special needs, and to enjoy the world as well. Often politics and law disappoint us. But at least one politician has made a beautiful choice: she knowingly gave birth to her son, Trig. So no matter how bleak the contemporary political or economic scene gets, there is at least one thing I hope comes to pass in my lifetime. That one thing is to see an end to abortion and to see God honored and glorified in the birth of every precious child, like Trig Paxon Van Palin.
What Sarah Palin has chosen to do is fantastic. The love that she and her family have for Trig was clear in her speech at the Republican National Convention. It was inspirational to see a mother in a position of political power stand up for a child with special needs. According to legal experts, should Roe v. Wade be overturned, some states could outlaw abortion for Down syndrome or other birth defects.
The Center for the Advancement of Capitalism states that as a group "dedicated to advancing individual rights and economic freedom through philosophy of Objectivism and Like many, I am troubled by the implications of Alaska governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin's decision to knowingly give birth to a child disabled with Down syndrome," Nick Provenzo the head of the Center for the Advancement of Capitalism continues to write. "Given that Palin's decision is being celebrated in some quarters, it is crucial to reaffirm the morality of aborting a fetus diagnosed with Down syndrome (or by extension, any unborn fetus)a freedom that anti-abortion advocates seek to deny," he adds. Provenzo advocates not only a discriminatory, but apparently a pro-eugenics view of the disabled that had roots tracing back to Nazi Germany. He goes on to contends. "Because a person afflicted with Down syndrome is only capable of being MARGINALLY PRODUCTIVE (if at all) and requires constant care and supervision"
WOW!! people can you imagine if we use this definition to define the right to life? If you are not Marginally productive then you should be terminated. We have a lot of nuts out there and this guy is one of the biggest of all nuts. I guess he is fighting to not be marginally productive himself!