July 11, 2019

Thursday (Moderated) Open Thread (071119)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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Positivity: This Professor Could Have Been Aborted Because His Mom Was Mentally Disabled, He’s Glad She Chose Life

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From England and elsewhere, via Life News:

JUN 25 2019, 2:52PM

Many in the media are reacting to the case of a mentally-disabled U.K. woman who was nearly forced to have an abortion. But they aren’t the only ones: Americans challenged the case by sharing their own powerful stories against abortion based on disability.

On June 21, Catholic News Agency (CNA) broke the news that “UK court orders forced abortion for disabled woman.” Since then, other outlets, from The New York Times to USA Today, have reported on the unidentified woman in her twenties who, at 22 weeks pregnant, was to have an abortion against her and her mother’s wishes.

At the Court of Protection, Justice Nathalie Lieven ruled that it was in the “best interests” of the woman, who has developmental disabilities and a mood disorder, CNA reported. But the woman’s mother, a Nigerian and former midwife, argued that the decision went against their Catholic faith – and offered to care for the child herself. Their social worker sided with them against the abortion.

On June 24, a U.K. court of appeals overturned the ruling. But not before several Twitter users had already shared their personal stories against abortion.

Harold Braswell, a bioethicist and assistant professor at Saint Louis University, captured attention on social media after sharing his story on June 21.

“My mom was intellectually disabled,” he revealed, before cautioning readers that his Twitter “thread may get intense.”

“My mom was deaf. And because she-like most deaf people of that generation-was not taught sign language until she was 8 she also had ‘linguistic deprivation syndrome,’” he continued. “But she had significant cognitive disabilities and was, at the time she got pregnant with me, classified as a ‘disabled adult child.’ When coupled with her deafness, her issues seem as significant as those facing this woman, perhaps more so.”

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And yet, he said, she still gave birth to him.

In the U.K, “The judge justifies her decision on it being in the woman’s own ‘best’s interests.’ This is ostensibly because, according to doctors, forced abortion would be less ‘traumatic’ than giving birth and likely losing custody of the baby,” he typed.

He challenged: “I beg to differ, and speak from experience.”

“My birth was traumatic for my mother. And I was eventually removed from her custody. So it’s a very analogous situation, at least in terms of the fears ostensibly motivating the judge’s decision,” he said. “[T]hough difficult, my birth was decidedly in my mother’s ‘best interests.’”

That’s because “She wanted to have me.”

“The judge her[e] suggests that this woman lacks capacity to know she wants a child. She’s wrong,” he continued. “My mother had wanted a child for over a decade before I was born. She knew the difference between a child and a doll. So does this woman.”

While his maternal grandmother ended up caring for him, he still saw his biological mother regularly.

“[I] acknowledged her as my ‘mom,’’” he said, and in the end, “I had two moms: her and my grandmother.”

He called it a “very enriching way to be brought up.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.