Tuesday, June 28, 2005

A Disturbing News Article...

I was browsing the internet this afternoon, in search of other blogs about cleft affected children, and I found something disturbing. According to this news article, Cleft Lip Abortion Done in 'Good Faith', two doctors in the U.K. escaped prosecution for authorizing a late term abortion on a woman who was pregnant with a baby who would be born with a cleft lip and palate. Their arguement in favor of allowing the abortion was that "in good faith, that there was a substantial risk the child would be seriously handicapped."

A cleft lip and palate is not a handicap. Both are totally fixable...as evident of Rachel's repaired lip, and evident as Emily's repaired palate. Sure, having a cleft palate may require some speech therapy along the journey, but by no means is that a handicap.

Abortions in general are disturbing to me, but this news story really hit home. Rachel despite being born with a facial birth defect, is just as perfect as any baby who is born without a facial birth defect. She's babbling, eating, crawling, walking around the furniture, and getting into everything just as a "normal" baby does, just as any other baby who is aborted would do, if given the chance.

2 comments:

Kim said...

How terribly sad! My heart is aching after reading this.

Melany said...

That is SO sad!!! I'm with you on abortions. It's just so horrible.

I saw my little one on u/s for the first time on Monday. I'm only 10 weeks pregnant. It's a perfect little human in there. How could anyone kill him/her!