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Testing for Downs Syndrome
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Testing for Downs Syndrome

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(53) Anonymous, February 26, 2014 8:04 PM

Please Rabbi can you please use "people first" language. Child with Down Syndrome not Down Syndrome Child. Thank you so much. Those of us who have children with Down Syndrome

Please Rabbi can you please use "people first" language. Child with Down Syndrome not Down Syndrome child. Thank you so much. Those of us who have children with Down Syndrome have fought their whole lives to have society see them as people first and not their diagnosis first. Thank you so much.

(52) willy, May 16, 2012 11:24 AM

where's the trust in G-D. G=D gave my wife and I five children. the first born has autism.. while our trials do very if we couldn't handle it we would not have been blessed with such an wonderful son. we believe that we were given Jeff because we have the ability to take care of his needs. while we don't always agree how to handle the problems we are faced with, his needs are met. Jeff is in an group home now. every other weekend we bring him home for an visit. one time there was an bad snow storm and I wanted to wait another weekend where it would be more safer. my wife said no we are getting him. I thought she was nuts, but we still got him and brought him home. of course I now wonder who was more nuts her for suggesting it or me for doing it. maybe we both are a little nuts. but this is our life which we have been blessed with and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Jeff is an great son and the things that he does accomplish we are proud of. the last time your child gave you an hug did you take it for granted? being autistic Jeff can't stand touching. when we take him home and say goodbye we get an hug from him which is an brief head on your shoulder. it last maybe two seconds and we cherish these. our second son at the age of two tried to give Jeff. He pushed him away. I told him to keep trying to give him an hug from the front and if he pushes you away give him an hug from the back. I explain that he wants the hug but the autism won't let him. he did and 5 years latter he finally got his hug from the front

(51) Eidel, April 26, 2012 6:01 PM

Don't judge

The testing should be done so the parents can make an informed decision. All babies are precious, but life can be horrendous for them as they get older. When the parents die, or become to old and feeble to care for their child; life can be a living hell for adults with problems who have to go to state schools.

Joel, May 11, 2012 6:53 PM

Then Fix the Schools

Eidel, I hope I don't offend you, but if the conditions of the schools are so horrendous that you believe that a adult is better off not being alive than attending a state institution, why aren't you advocating for reforming how services for people with disabilities are provided, rather than advocating for less kids being born? I am a teacher of students with disabilities, and we have a lot of work to do to improve acceptance of people with disabilities in society, but to use the fact that people with disabilities are marginalized as an excuse for why kids with disabilities should not exist is very offensive and hurtful to me and many people with disabilities and their families.

(50) Anonymous, April 26, 2012 6:46 AM

very frightening!

I'll never forget during a particularly difficult pregnancy having the dr badger me into having genetic testing. This wasn't my first baby so I flat out refused. When I asked him why he wanted it - his answer resonates in my ears to this day. So that we know if the baby has a problem. and if the baby has a problem we know that we don't need to take any heroic efforts to save it if there is issues. think of the repercussions of that statement. It would be the same as if there are a bunch of kids on a sinking ship but we won't help one kid to a lifeboat because they have a broken leg etc. people's values are not based on their physical prowess or their mental agility- a person's value comes from G-d and only G-d can measure it.

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