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Hello I am just wondering if you knew you had a unborn baby who was going to be retarded, would you terminate your pregnancy?
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Name: Thekitty | Date: Apr 16th, 2011 3:09 PM
Children with special needs can bring a great deal of joy and fulfillment to a parent, but parenting a child with a serious impairment is also often challenging. Abortion is an intensely personal decision and must factor your own abilities to provide a caring and supportive home for a child who will be a lifetime responsibility. Fifteen years ago I would not have aborted a child with a significant disability. Now I do not know for certain how I would proceed. A special needs child can be a major strain on a marriage as well as a financial hardship. My son is adopted, and I knew his needs from the beginning, but it makes them no less stressful in this moment. The potential to love and be loved is tremendous, but you must identify and accept any barriers that would keep you from raising this child. Best wishes as you make this difficult decision. 

Name: Jean | Date: May 3rd, 2011 4:56 AM
I would not abort my child if i knew he had a disability. I chose to say disability because the word retarded is the most offensive word i have ever heard. My baby boy is disabled i love him more than anything and even if i knew he was going to be like this before i had him i would not change a thing. Yes its hard yes its expensive there are days where i want to run away, but it is still a child God gave you this child regardless of his or her disabilities. I knew he gave me my son for a reason and i am greatly blessed. 

Name: angelicapaige | Date: May 3rd, 2011 10:29 AM
Personally I would not. But, I have peoples close to me, whom I love dearly that would. I work with disabled individuals. I have 4 clients that live with me and I love them all. I have worked with all levels of MR, some high functioning and some severely low functioning...there is nothing more rewarding than getting that smile. I have a 6 year old client that I have had since she was 3 months old. They said she'd be a vegetable. She is NOT. Far from it! It is up to the mother to decide, but I promise if she decides to keep a disabled baby, she won't be sorry....there will be tears, but also laughter and lots, and lots of love....How can that EVER be a bad thing. 

Name: ginny johnson | Date: Dec 28th, 2011 11:48 PM
please dont say retard it is mentaly chanllenged as retard is from the barbaic stage of long time ago.and hell no would i do that. to my baby at all. I have 2 mentally challenge boys and they are the best kids that I could have had. 

Name: jellybabies | Date: Oct 26th, 2012 4:52 PM
no i would not i also dont like that word ive 2 beautiful children that have special needs my son is now 16 and has apie and my daughter whos just 7 has gobal development delay syndrome and they are most loving children challanging yes i agree but would i abort them if id have known no most defantly not the road hasnt been easy ad ive had to do aot of fighting on their behalf i belileve because of them they have made me a much stronger more understand person 

Name: alexis | Date: Oct 27th, 2012 8:24 AM
my name is alexis 29 years old married to egyptian muslim and we live in egypt .
iam stepmother for two boys ali 12 years old and ismail 9 years old . when i want to punish them i sit on chair and tell them to bend over my knee and spanking them with wooden spoon .
please any one tell me what can i do with them. 


Name: Rosey02 | Date: Jan 9th, 2013 7:49 AM
A child with special needs is still a beautiful child! So much joy along with the (yes) sometimes difficult road ahead. Our world today is all about success, beauty, effectiveness... so some ask, what good can come from someone who may not contribute as much to society? But then... who are WE to say what a human life can contribute? These individuals, in my experience can be some of the most loving, friendly, joyful people I have ever met. Seems like we need more of that in this world. Abortion will bring nothing but sadness and depression over the fact that you had your baby killed. Women in the past have seen abortion as the 'simple' solution to a 'problem' when pregnancy is inconvenient, or their baby is unwanted for some reason. Now these women are sharing how deeply damaging their abortion was. Don't do something you will regret, save your baby's life and give him a chance at life! 

Name: Rosey02 | Date: Jan 9th, 2013 7:51 AM
If you know of anyone who may need Speech/Language/Communication therapy for their child in Malaysia, I can recommend an excellent service: LEMM International Therapy (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Lemmit ) Trying to give hope! 

Name: hmoberly | Date: Feb 25th, 2013 3:38 PM
When I was pregnant with my son I refused any testing for disabilities. I didn't want to know since I knew i wanted him no matter what. If he was disabled and I had known I don't think I would have done anything different but just in case I went with my first instinct which was to pray for a healthy baby and love however he came from me. 

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