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  •  I agree, up to the point (12+ / 0-)

    where you say that it doesn't do us any favors. I think this story might help to move some people's opinions. Hopefully in that respect it'll do more good than harm.

    This reminds me of capital punishment, again. There's a certain fixation with the potential innocents on death row, where a lot of other cases just...go by, in the news, with hardly a peep. I see the mixed message there, and you're right, there is one here too.

    All I can say about it is that it's not my intent, and I'm sorry for leaving that opening. My intent is progress toward a goal it seems like we share.

    "Tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. You can’t explain that." -- Bill O'Reilly

    by tytalus on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 02:12:42 PM PDT

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    •  Also, how many people have contact with (6+ / 0-)
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      people with congenital abnormalities? Most I've seen are children of rich people who have 'staff' to deal with them. Others are tucked away in state institutions or smaller group homes.

      There are those who can function in society, but others require a LOT of care. And who pays for the non-rich patients? You and me. I'm not saying there should be a test before birth; it is the mom's decision.

      But quality of life for the fetus, parents, other siblings, etc., needs to be considered.

      If you do not believe that there is an ongoing war on women, then you aren't paying attention. h/t The Pootie Potentate

      by glorificus on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 02:32:08 PM PDT

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      •  not really the case. There is a shortage of (6+ / 0-)

        living arrangements for people with serious disabilities and a really great shortage of good places. Many live with their parents and few of these parents are rich. And when the parents are too elderly to care for a severely disabled grown child, they may end up in places that are at best barely adequate.
        Seems like Santorum must have a staff to deal with his youngest child since everyone else is on the campaign trail, but having been part of the disability community I can tell you that is the exception not the norm. I knew of only one family in the school our son went to who had a live-in person who took care of their severely disabled child around the clock. The rest of the families at the school all managed by patching together all sorts of arrangements.
        Our son needed daily respiratory therapy but our insurance would only cover it a couple of times/week, so my husband got up extra early almost every morning to pound on his chest. Imagine how hard it is to go out since you can't just hire your local teenager to babysit.
        I went to bed exhausted and woke up exhausted and in-between worried about my son's future. What would happen to him if something happened to us? Would he be warehoused and treated like an inanimate object (we had seen exactly that in an institution). I couldn't stand the idea of him not getting hugged and loved and talked to.

        We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

        by Tamar on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 08:12:29 PM PDT

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    •  Stories like this one do affect the squishy middle (10+ / 0-)

      of the road people i have met over the years.  They are the ones who want abortion in cases of rape , incest and situations like this.  They do not want it outlawed and they are very sympathetic to couples trying to conceive and then this happens.

      I happen to favor abortion for everyone who requests one. I am just saying that I have some friends who are in the middle on this issue and this kind of story does affect their views a lot.

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