Are We Hypocrites for our Baby Gammy shock?

Very interesting post over at Special Needs Jungle (see here: ‘Are We Hypocrites for our Baby Gammy shock?‘). I wholeheartedly agree – and I have to say I am only thankful that autism cannot be diagnosed prior to birth. The very thought is chilling. Hayley Goleniowska, author of the post above, is right. Eliminating babies with Down’s Syndrome is eugenics. It is no different to the Spartans who left disabled babies to die of exposure. It is no different, though we might kid ourselves that it is, from the Nazi plans to eradicate disability (note: people often use the behaviour of the Nazis to support their argument – I try not to, but here there is a very clear link).

 

‘The Lord called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s womb he named me… the Lord… who formed me in the womb to be his servant…

…Can a woman forget her nursing-child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? 

Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands…’

From Isaiah 49: 1-15 (NRSVA)

 

My son with autism is beautiful, irritating, innocent, lazy, sweet, frustrating, charming… All the things a teenage boy should be, in many ways! Hard work, yes, but I wouldn’t change a hair on his bonny head. His presence in this world is God-breathed. His existence is a gift from God. He is special, in the true meaning of the word. I have learned more about life, about myself, indeed about what it means to be human from my boy than from anyone else, more than anyone can learn from their ‘normal’ child.

 

“He will answer them, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.’

Matthew 25:45 (The Message)

 

 

One thought on “Are We Hypocrites for our Baby Gammy shock?

  1. I love your perspective and share it and I was horrified by the article I read about this surrogate/Down Syndrome situation. God has something to speak to the world via each person he creates. We all have a contribution and those with disabilities, if we will take the time to listen, often have the most to say about what God wants, who God is, and what pleases Him. Your son is blessed to have you, my friend! Praise God. And I know the tiring part, for different reasons, because of issues around here. So tiring, but the Lord keeps us praising.

    How is the moving going? How can I pray, other than for smoothness?

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